- Actors: W.C. Fields, Edgar Bergen, Charlie McCarthy, Constance Moore, John Arledge
- Directors: George Marshall
- Format: Black & White, NTSC, Limited Edition
- Rated: NR (Not Rated)
- Number of tapes: 1
- Studio: MCA/Kartes Video Communications
- Run Time: 79.0 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B0009ML8FK
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #587,424 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
You Can't Cheat an Honest Man
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(Jan 01, 1986)
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I suppose, if you like Fields but not Bergen, you might think there is too much Bergen & company in this movie and not enough of Fields. Then, again, a Bergen fan might make the opposite argument. Personally, I find them both hilarious. The plot here is rather thin, but the comedy is non-stop. Of course, Whipsnade can't stand Bergen, and Charlie McCarthy is a constant thorn in his side. Similarly, the idea of Whipsnade as Bergen's father-in-law is more than Charlie can take. Both Fields and Bergen get in some classicly funny scenes. Add in a couple of cameo appearances by Mortimer Snerd, a whole load of one-liners, and you one of the best comedies ever filmed.
Fields playing perpetually indebted traveling circus owner Larson E. Whipsnade was given too few opportunities to perform his particular style of hijinks. One notable exception was the scene in the ticket booth where he used his excellent comedic tools.
The widowed Fields' kids Victoria and Phineas played by Constance Moore and John Arledge are being supported by him as they attend a prestigious college. Arledge aware of Fields' monetary plight is encouraging his sister to marry rich guy Roger Bel-Goodie played by James Bush. Such a union would provide a business opportunity for Arledge in the Bel-Goodie family banking business and a solution to Fields' insolvency. The only trouble is that Moore doesn't love the rich guy and inexplicably falls in love with Edgar Bergen.
The predictable plot proceeds on to an apparent happily ever after ending that caps an overall unsatisfying film.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
W.C. Fields was lured away from Paramount Studios by a larger salary ($125,000 per film plus $25,000 for his story) played a circus owner fallen on hard times. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Rama Rao
It simply doesn't get better than this when it comes to the late, great, W.C. Fields. It follows the normal Fields routine as far as his character is concerned. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Snappleflap Biggins
W.C. Fields is absolutely @ his best in this film. A classic! His scene with the ping pong & the interchange wth the dummies is the best!Published on January 24, 2013 by Linda
I remembered this movie but had not seen it for years. W.C. Fields at his best. Edgar Bergen and Charlie, the perfect foils.Published on October 8, 2011 by drgymnast