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You Can't Cheat an Honest Man (1939)

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79 min | Comedy

Larson E. Whipsnade runs a seedy circus which is perpetually in debt. His performers give him nothing but trouble, especially Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy. Meanwhile, Whipsnade's son and daughter, Phineas and Vicky, attend a posh ...See moreLarson E. Whipsnade runs a seedy circus which is perpetually in debt. His performers give him nothing but trouble, especially Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy. Meanwhile, Whipsnade's son and daughter, Phineas and Vicky, attend a posh college. Vicky turns down her caddish but rich suitor Roger Bel-Goodie, but changes her mind when she learns of her father's financial troubles. Will Vicky marry for money or succumb to the ventriloqual charm of Edgar Bergen? Will Whipsnade's Circus Giganticus make it over the state line one jump ahead of the sheriff? Written by Rod Crawford See less
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Writers
George Marion Jr. (screen play) | Richard Mack (screen play) | Everett Freeman (screen play) | W.C. Fields (story) (as Charles Bogle)
Cinematographer
Milton R. Krasner (as Milton Krasner)
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Updated Feb 17, 1939

Release date
Feb 18, 1939 (United States)

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81 cast members
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W.C. Fields
Larson E. Whipsnade Larson E. Whipsnade   See fewer
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Edgar Bergen
The Great Edgar The Great Edgar   See fewer
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Charlie McCarthy
Charlie Charlie   See fewer
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Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson
Rochester (as Eddie Anderson) Rochester (as Eddie Anderson)   See fewer
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Mortimer Snerd
Mortimer Mortimer   See fewer
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Constance Moore
Victoria Whipsnade Victoria Whipsnade   See fewer
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John Arledge
Phineas Whipsnade Phineas Whipsnade   See fewer
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James Bush
Roger Bel-Goodie Roger Bel-Goodie   See fewer
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Thurston Hall
Mr. Bel-Goodie Mr. Bel-Goodie   See fewer
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Mary Forbes
Mrs. Bel-Goodie Mrs. Bel-Goodie   See fewer
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Edward Brophy
Corbett Corbett   See fewer
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Princess Baba
Princess Baba Princess Baba   See fewer
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Blacaman
Blacaman Blacaman   See fewer
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Ernie Adams
Eddie - Circus Attendant (uncredited) Eddie - Circus Attendant (uncredited)   See fewer
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Dorothy Arnold
1st Debutante (uncredited) 1st Debutante (uncredited)   See fewer
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Irving Bacon
Jailer (uncredited) Jailer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lulu Mae Bohrman
Wedding Guest (uncredited) Wedding Guest (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ralph Brooks
Wedding Guest (uncredited) Wedding Guest (uncredited)   See fewer
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Eddy Chandler
Highway Patrol Officer (uncredited) Highway Patrol Officer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Dora Clement
Woman (uncredited) Woman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Rube Clifford
Riding Master (uncredited) Riding Master (uncredited)   See fewer
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Richard Clucas
Little Boy (uncredited) Little Boy (uncredited)   See fewer
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Charles Coleman
Robinson (uncredited) Robinson (uncredited)   See fewer
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Evelyn Del Rio
Little Girl Who Cries (uncredited) Little Girl Who Cries (uncredited)   See fewer
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Drew Demorest
Barker (uncredited) Barker (uncredited)   See fewer
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Dick Dickinson
Contortionist (uncredited) Contortionist (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jan Duggan
Mrs. Sludge (uncredited) Mrs. Sludge (uncredited)   See fewer
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Eddie Dunn
Cop (uncredited) Cop (uncredited)   See fewer
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Billy Engle
Circus Attendant (uncredited) Circus Attendant (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Gardner
Ticket Seller (uncredited) Ticket Seller (uncredited)   See fewer
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Grace Goodall
Screaming Spinster / Wedding Guest (uncredited) Screaming Spinster / Wedding Guest (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jennifer Gray
3rd Debutante (uncredited) 3rd Debutante (uncredited)   See fewer
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Bobbie Hale
Circus Attendant (uncredited) Circus Attendant (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ted Hardy
Russian Circus Performer (uncredited) Russian Circus Performer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Sam Harris
Wedding Guest (uncredited) Wedding Guest (uncredited)   See fewer
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Leyland Hodgson
Butler (uncredited) Butler (uncredited)   See fewer
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Otto Hoffman
Mayor (uncredited) Mayor (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lloyd Ingraham
Mayor / Wedding Guest (uncredited) Mayor / Wedding Guest (uncredited)   See fewer
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Frank Jenks
Jerry - Assistant (uncredited) Jerry - Assistant (uncredited)   See fewer
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Si Jenks
Hillbilly (uncredited) Hillbilly (uncredited)   See fewer
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Tiny Jones
Spectator (uncredited) Spectator (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Kenney
Barker (uncredited) Barker (uncredited)   See fewer
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Joe King
Policeman (uncredited) Policeman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ivan Lebedeff
Ronnie (uncredited) Ronnie (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ethelreda Leopold
Blonde at Party (uncredited) Blonde at Party (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jimmie Lucas
Barker (uncredited) Barker (uncredited)   See fewer
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Kathryn Marlowe
2nd Debutante (uncredited) 2nd Debutante (uncredited)   See fewer
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Eric Mayne
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Frank Melton
First Yokel (uncredited) First Yokel (uncredited)   See fewer
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Harold Miller
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Edmund Mortimer
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James C. Morton
Judge (uncredited) Judge (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ray Moyer
Fire Eater (uncredited) Fire Eater (uncredited)   See fewer
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Byron Munson
Ping-Pong Player (uncredited) Ping-Pong Player (uncredited)   See fewer
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Charles Murphy
Lon - Roustabout (uncredited) Lon - Roustabout (uncredited)   See fewer
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Frank O'Connor
Cop with Judge (uncredited) Cop with Judge (uncredited)   See fewer
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George Offerman Jr.
Western Union Man (uncredited) Western Union Man (uncredited)   See fewer
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David Oliver
Man Cheated at Window (uncredited) Man Cheated at Window (uncredited)   See fewer
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George Ovey
Circus Attendant (uncredited) Circus Attendant (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lee Phelps
Sheriff (uncredited) Sheriff (uncredited)   See fewer
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June Preston
Little Blond Girl Singing and Dancing (uncredited) Little Blond Girl Singing and Dancing (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ralph Sanford
Truck Driver (uncredited) Truck Driver (uncredited)   See fewer
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Harry Stafford
Party Guest (uncredited) Party Guest (uncredited)   See fewer
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Grady Sutton
Chester Dalrymple (uncredited) Chester Dalrymple (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ferris Taylor
Deputy Sheriff (uncredited) Deputy Sheriff (uncredited)   See fewer
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Don Terry
Ping-Pong Player (uncredited) Ping-Pong Player (uncredited)   See fewer
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Walter Tetley
Boy with Candy Cane (uncredited) Boy with Candy Cane (uncredited)   See fewer
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Edward Thomas
Bel-Goodie Butler (uncredited) Bel-Goodie Butler (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lelah Tyler
Society Woman / Wedding Guest (uncredited) Society Woman / Wedding Guest (uncredited)   See fewer
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Minerva Urecal
Screaming Spinster at Circus (uncredited) Screaming Spinster at Circus (uncredited)   See fewer
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Dale Van Sickel
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Russell Wade
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Beryl Wallace
Girl (uncredited) Girl (uncredited)   See fewer
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Delmar Watson
Boy with Slingshot (uncredited) Boy with Slingshot (uncredited)   See fewer
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Florence Wix
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Bill Wolfe
Ticket Buyer / Brentwood - World's Smallest Giant (uncredited) Ticket Buyer / Brentwood - World's Smallest Giant (uncredited)   See fewer
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Edward Woolf
Thin Man (uncredited) Thin Man (uncredited)   See fewer
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Bill Worth
Elwood - World's Largest Midget (uncredited) Elwood - World's Largest Midget (uncredited)   See fewer
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Arthur Yeoman
Barker (uncredited) Barker (uncredited)   See fewer
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Duke York
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7.2 / 10 | 1,426 votes