Never Give a Sucker an Even Break

Film, Comedy

Time Out says

WC Fields' last starring vehicle has to be seen to be believed, and even then it probably won't be; it's constructed like one of his tallest stories, drunkenly veering from improbability to improbability, and produced with loving carelessness as Fields' hopeful scriptwriter tries to sell a story to the long-suffering Franklin Pangborn. The itinerary takes in the Esoteric Film Studios, a Russian colony in Mexico, and a neighbouring mountain top inhabited by the man-eating Mrs Hemogloben, played by a very raucous Margaret Dumont. But Fields' true co-star is the horrid singing moppet Gloria Jean, and for all the master's visual and verbal nonsense, the total result is more perverse than funny.


Release details

70 mins

Cast and crew

Edward Cline
John Thomas Neville, Prescott Chaplin
WC Fields
Gloria Jean
Leon Errol
Susan Miller
Franklin Pangborn
Margaret Dumont
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