You Can't Cheat an Honest Man Reviews

  • May 05, 2019

    The best comedy movie ever made!

    The best comedy movie ever made!

  • Mar 31, 2019

    Not many 80 year old comedies hold up as well as this one and few comedies ever are as rich with dialog. No comedian loved words more than Fields. Witness his use of the words perspicacity and cynosure in his jokes. Fields rambling incoherent songs or stories at the edge of the scene while other dialog is going on is comedy gold.

    Not many 80 year old comedies hold up as well as this one and few comedies ever are as rich with dialog. No comedian loved words more than Fields. Witness his use of the words perspicacity and cynosure in his jokes. Fields rambling incoherent songs or stories at the edge of the scene while other dialog is going on is comedy gold.

  • Apr 09, 2017

    Not his best, but among his better films. Teaming with Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy in a feature film was an excellent move. It takes some of the comedic burden off of Fields and provides a little more variety. The banter between Fields and McCarthy's irascible character is priceless. It gives a glimpse at why their running feud trading quips and insults on the Chase and Sanborn Hour radio program during the 1930's and 1940's was so popular. The two were a magnificent match for trading one-liners, and Bergen's comedic timing, like Fields', was superb.

    Not his best, but among his better films. Teaming with Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy in a feature film was an excellent move. It takes some of the comedic burden off of Fields and provides a little more variety. The banter between Fields and McCarthy's irascible character is priceless. It gives a glimpse at why their running feud trading quips and insults on the Chase and Sanborn Hour radio program during the 1930's and 1940's was so popular. The two were a magnificent match for trading one-liners, and Bergen's comedic timing, like Fields', was superb.

  • Apr 01, 2016

    Fields is a happy victim

    Fields is a happy victim

  • Apr 01, 2016

    "You Can't Cheat an Honest Man" is a mediocre film and a lousy vehicle for W.C. Fields. Much of the runtime is devoted to other performers, and the circus setting doesn't allow for much of Fields' trademark humor.

    "You Can't Cheat an Honest Man" is a mediocre film and a lousy vehicle for W.C. Fields. Much of the runtime is devoted to other performers, and the circus setting doesn't allow for much of Fields' trademark humor.

  • Mar 06, 2016

    Solid W.C. Fields flick matching wits with Charlie McCarthy

    Solid W.C. Fields flick matching wits with Charlie McCarthy

  • Megan S Super Reviewer
    May 13, 2011

    So I'm on a ventriloquist kick right now, it's all Jeff Dunham's fault.

    So I'm on a ventriloquist kick right now, it's all Jeff Dunham's fault.

  • Apr 28, 2011

    W.C. Fields and Edgar Bergen (with Charlie) square off in this crazy circus picture, a sort of continuation of their 'radio fued' that was popular in the 1930's. It has some of Field's funniest moments, and even if ventriloquists are creepier than the dolls, when it is done right, then it can still be a lot of fun. And the story? Pretty average for a 30's comedy, but it's all about the gags and the jokes, and you know that's what's more important here.

    W.C. Fields and Edgar Bergen (with Charlie) square off in this crazy circus picture, a sort of continuation of their 'radio fued' that was popular in the 1930's. It has some of Field's funniest moments, and even if ventriloquists are creepier than the dolls, when it is done right, then it can still be a lot of fun. And the story? Pretty average for a 30's comedy, but it's all about the gags and the jokes, and you know that's what's more important here.

  • Aug 30, 2010

    Minor Fields vehicle... very funny when he's on screen, and limp when he's not. The whole dummy thing is just plain lame... The film overall would have been better if it had just been Fields non-stop, a la The Bank Dick. As for Fields himself, the fluency of the pratfalls is nothing short of amazing.

    Minor Fields vehicle... very funny when he's on screen, and limp when he's not. The whole dummy thing is just plain lame... The film overall would have been better if it had just been Fields non-stop, a la The Bank Dick. As for Fields himself, the fluency of the pratfalls is nothing short of amazing.

  • Anthony V Super Reviewer
    Oct 09, 2008

    It's not W.C. Fields's best, but it does have quite a few funny moments.

    It's not W.C. Fields's best, but it does have quite a few funny moments.