You Can’t Cheat An Honest Man (1939)
Directors: George Marshall, Edward F. Cline (uncredited)
Screenplay: Everett Freeman, Richard Mack, George Marion, Jr. from a story by Charles Bogle (W.C. Fields)
Starring: W.C. Fields, Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy & Mortimer Snerd, Constance Moore and Eddie ‘Rochester’ Anderson
Tagline: AT LAST YOU CAN SEE THESE FAMOUS FEUDSTERS CLASH ON THE SCREEN!
The Overview: Beware of spoilers…
Larson E. Whipsnade (Fields) owns a struggling circus. They’re just one step ahead of the law and nearly broke. Despite being in love with The Great Edgar (Bergin), the ventriloquist in her father’s circus, Vickey (Moore) decides to marry a rich suitor thinking that the money will fix things for her dad. Will love win out?
W.C. Fields and Edgar Bergen had popular radio shows and a “running feud”. It was a natural to get them on film. The great thing about You Can’t Cheat An Honest Man is the jokes/gags keep coming. Eddie “Rochester” Anderson doesn’t get a lot to do, but it’s always a joy to see him on film.
You Can’t Cheat An Honest Man earns 4 of 5 stars.