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You Can't Cheat an Honest Man

Director:  George Marshall and Edward F. Cline
Year Released:  1939
Rating:  2.0

Typical W.C. Fields film, with the comedian in question playing a very dishonest circus-act owner who scrooges patrons (and crew) out of money; this time around, Edgar Bergen (Candice's father) and his sarcastic puppet Charlie McCarthy plot to ruin Fields' daughter's arrangement to marry a rich man. There really isn't much story - nay, most of the time it's "The Charlie McCarthy Show" with Bergen and his friends doing most of their act - and the picture moves like molasses. A lot of the humor is too over-the-top or ancient to be that funny, though, as always, W.C. has many zingers you have to be listening closely to catch.

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