NEVER GIVE A SUCKER AN EVEN BREAK
1941, Universal, 71 min, Dir: Edward F. Cline

W.C. Fields hopes to sell a script to Esoteric Studios. Which includes Fields falling out of an airplane trying to retrieve a bottle and finding himself in the home of Mrs. Hemogloben (Margaret Dumont) and a teenage girl (Gloria Jean) who immediately falls in love with him. Also features Leon Errol and Franklin Pangborn.


YOU CAN’T CHEAT AN HONEST MAN
1939, Universal, 79 min, USA, Dir: George Marshall

W.C. Fields re-creates his legendary radio feud with wooden wag Charlie McCarthy in this cavalcade of gags and insults. The Great Man plays Larson E. Whipsnade, owner of a debt-ridden circus, whose daughter is in love with the troupe’s ventriloquist (Edgar Bergen). Fields allegedly turned down the title role in THE WIZARD OF OZ to focus on this film.


TILLIE AND GUS
1933, Universal, 58 min, USA, Dir: Francis Martin

W.C. Fields and Alison Skipworth are perfectly paired as con-artists who come to the aid of their niece when a crooked lawyer tries to steal her inheritance. Whether trying to fix a ferry race or attempting to mix paint, Fields is in hilarious form in this underrated gem, which introduced the Great Man to pint-sized nemesis Baby LeRoy.


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