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You Can't Cheat an Honest Man (1939)



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Here's a real treat for some. You Can't Cheat an Honest Man is a vehicle for a most unusual collaboration of W. C. Fields, Edgar Bergen, and Charlie McCarthy. It's quite silly, but it succeeds beautifully by knowing exactly how to treat the personalities of its stars. What better target for McCarthy's acerbic barbs than W. C. Fields? What better role for Fields than that of a circus manager, constantly irked by those pesky "performers" and "customers" that are always interfering with the important matter of making money in the circus business? Eddie "Rochester" Anderson completes this surreal blend of comic talents. The result is not perfect -- some of the skits wear thin before they're over -- but it's highly entertaining and sure to please fans of any of the stars.