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Never Give a Sucker an Even Break (1941)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical | 10 October 1941 (USA)
Fields wants to sell a film story to Esoteric Studios. On the way he gets insulted by little boys, beat up for ogling a woman, and abused by a waitress. He becomes his niece's guardian when... See full summary »

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(as Edward Cline)

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(screen play), (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Gloria
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The Rival
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Butch (as Butch)
Kenneth Brown ...
Buddy (as Buddy)
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Mrs. Hemogloben
Susan Miller ...
Ouilotta Hemogloben
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The Producer
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The Producer's Wife
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Pete Carson
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Madame Gorgeous
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The Salesgirl
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The Soda Jerk
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The Waitress
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The Cleaning Woman
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Fields wants to sell a film story to Esoteric Studios. On the way he gets insulted by little boys, beat up for ogling a woman, and abused by a waitress. He becomes his niece's guardian when her mother is killed in a trapeze fall during the making of a circus movie. He and his niece, who he finds at a shooting gallery, fly to Mexico to sell wooden nutmegs in a Russian colony. Trying to catch his bottle as it falls from the plane, he lands on a mountain peak where lives the man- eating Mrs. Hemogloben. When he gets to the Russian colony he finds Leon Errol (father of the insulting boys and owner of the shooting gallery) already selling wooden nutmegs. He decides to woo the wealthy Mrs. Hemogloben but when he gets there Errol has preceded him. The Mexican adventure is the story that Esoteric Studios would not buy. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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IT'S A FIELDS-DAY OF FUN! (original poster-all caps) See more »

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Comedy | Musical

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10 October 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El pelele no tiene suerte  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the diner scene, the waitress (Jody Gilbert) exclaims: "Baloney Mahoney Malarkey, you...Kabloona!", to which WC Fields responds "I haven't been called that for two days." "Kabloona" is the Inuit (Eskimo) word for "white man." See more »

Goofs

At the drug store the register changes from 10 cents to no sale, back to 10 cents and finally 15. Also at the end of the scene the soda jerk has a fly crawling down his face, but when he hits it with a bottle the fly is gone. See more »

Quotes

The Great Man: Godfrey Daniel!
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Crazy Credits

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Soundtracks

CHICKENS LAY EGGS IN KANSAS
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Written and Sung by W.C. Fields
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A sad and funny sign-off
12 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

Fields adds a commentary on the indignities of old age to his repertoire. Often more somber than his reputation -- and all the funnier because of it -- Fields here plays a version of himself trying to sell a script to a movie studio. So we see a drawling, slow-moving older fellow in the humiliating position of pitching an idea to a producer who isn't necessarily honored or interested. Fields's script is, of course, ridiculous, just as his ideas in real life must have seemed crazy to many a studio executive. We "see" the script played out as the producer reads it, giving Fields a chance to go through his paces -- delightful, as usual, even if his obviously failing health makes it melancholy at the same time. Leaving the meeting with his tail between his legs, Fields is lovingly embraced by his niece, Gloria Jean, who contrary to what you might think, is wonderful. Her love for her uncle, and all his eccentricities, is endearing throughout. What can one say about the Keystone Kops-like windup, except that they probably had to tack a conventional finish onto a very unusual movie? This was Fields's final full-length performance, as if he knew the end was near. A sad and funny sign-off by the best comedian in movie history.


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