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The best comedy movie ever made!
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 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.
Fields is a happy victim
"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.
Solid W.C. Fields flick matching wits with Charlie McCarthy
So I'm on a ventriloquist kick right now, it's all Jeff Dunham's fault.
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.
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.
It's not W.C. Fields's best, but it does have quite a few funny moments.