You Can't Cheat an Honest Man

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  • Genre(s): Comedy Family
  • Release year: 1939
  • Running time: 79 min
W.C. Fields and Charlie McCarthy bring their legendary radio feud to the screen in the classic comedy You Can’t Cheat an Honest Man, co-starring Edgar Bergen. The seedy owner of a flea-bitten circus, Larson E. Whipsnade (Fields) will stop at nothing... read more

W.C. Fields and Charlie McCarthy bring their legendary radio feud to the screen in the classic comedy You Can’t Cheat an Honest Man, co-starring Edgar Bergen. The seedy owner of a flea-bitten circus, Larson E. Whipsnade (Fields) will stop at nothing to arrange a marriage between his daughter Victoria (Constance Moore) and boring millionaire Richard Bel-Goodie (James Bush). So when Victoria declares she is in love with The Great Edgar (Bergen), Whipsnade cuts the penniless ventriloquist adrift in a hot-air balloon accompanied by his dummy (McCarthy). Arriving for a reception at the Bel-Goode mansion where he plays ping-pong and abuses his hosts, Whipsnade shows he is just getting started in this side-splitting farce, packed with insults, zingers and jokes!

Original Release

02/18/1939

US Release

02/18/1939

Cast

W.C. Fields Larson E. Whipsnade
Edgar Bergen The Great Edgar
Constance Moore Victoria Whipsnade
John Arledge Phineas Whipsnade
James Bush Roger Bel-Goodie
Thurston Hall Mr. Bel-Goodie / Mr. Archibald Bel-Goodie
Mary Forbes Mrs. Bel-Goodie
Edward Brophy Corbett
Arthur Hohl Burr
Princess Baba Princess Baba / Princess Baba, The Great Edgar's Assistant
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

George Marshall, Edward F. Cline

Writers

George Marion Jr., Richard Mack, Everett Freeman, W.C. Fields, Henry Johnson, Lew Lipton, Manuel Seff, James Seymour

Cast

W.C. Fields Larson E. Whipsnade
Edgar Bergen The Great Edgar
Constance Moore Victoria Whipsnade
John Arledge Phineas Whipsnade
James Bush Roger Bel-Goodie
Thurston Hall Mr. Bel-Goodie / Mr. Archibald Bel-Goodie
Mary Forbes Mrs. Bel-Goodie
Edward Brophy Corbett
Arthur Hohl Burr
Princess Baba Princess Baba / Princess Baba, The Great Edgar's Assistant
Blacaman Blacaman / Blacaman - The Lion Tamer
Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson Rochester / Cheerful
Mortimer Snerd Mortimer / By Himself
Ernie Adams Eddie - Circus Attendant
Dorothy Arnold 1st Debutante
Irving Bacon Jailer
Lulu Mae Bohrman Wedding Guest
Ralph Brooks Wedding Guest
Eddy Chandler Highway Patrol Officer
Dora Clement Woman

Producers

Editors

Otto Ludwig

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