Never Give a Sucker an Even Break (1941)

Never Give a Sucker an Even Break


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W.C. Fields heads to Esoteric studios to pitch a story idea to producer Franklin Pangborn. The producer wants to make a conventional romantic musical starring Fields' niece, teen-aged soprano Gloria Jean, but "The Great Man" has other ideas. As Pangborn sits in dumbfounded silence, Fields unravels an incoherent farrago which begins with him travelling to a Russian colony in Mexico--by way of an airliner with an open observation platform. Fields dives from the plane when his precious flask of gin … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Classics, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: John T. Neville, Prescott Chaplin, Otis J. Criblecoblis
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 20, 2007



as The Great Man

as His Niece

as The Rival

as Mlle. Gorgeous

as The Producer

as The Producer's Wife

as Mrs. Hemogloben

as Ouliotta Delight Hem...

as Peter Carson, Engine...

as Salesgirl

as Tom, soda jerk

as Tiny, the waitress

as Bitter Englishman

as Pianist

as Gargo Gorilla

as Foreman Stage 6

as Mrs. Pastrami, Clean...

as Tiny, Waitress

as Steve Roberts, Engin...

as Huge Turk

as Johnson, Assistant D...

as Tough Assailant

as Cameraman

as Mrs. Wilson

as Spinster Passenger

as Coachman, Russian Vi...

as Stewardess

as Receptionist

as Old Lady

as Spinster Passenger

as Fire Truck Driver

as Stewardess

as Himself

as Passerby

as Mr. Clines, Russian ...

as Ubiquitous Stunt Dou...

as Heckler
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Critic Reviews for Never Give a Sucker an Even Break

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | August 8, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Refreshingly bizarre.

Full Review… | April 18, 2005
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Nearly brilliant, nearly surreal, mostly funny

October 22, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Classic Fields! No story really, just a series of vignettes, but it has you rolling on the floor.

August 30, 2002
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Audience Reviews for Never Give a Sucker an Even Break

What an insane movie. Just feels like some leftover set pieces stitched together into something resembling a film -- but I enjoyed it anyway. And young Gloria Jean gives quite a performance in that scene where she's singing those ridiculously acrobatic songbird notes, while simultaneously having to act as if she's dead bored!

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

Super Reviewer

One liners aplenty with the consistently drunk looking Fields. A great "Lovable Loser" film.

Christopher Brown

Super Reviewer

Enjoyable nonsense, with some great skits and the car chase scene at the end is a real classic. Some fun musical numbers, good cast, especially W.C.Fields and Margaret Dumont.

James Higgins

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