You Can't Cheat an Honest Man is a comedy film starring and scripted by W. C. Fields. Fields plays "Larsen E. Whipsnade", the owner of a shady carnival that is constantly on the run from the law. The whimsical title comes from a line spoken by Fields about ten minutes into the film. Whipsnade says that his grandfather Litvak's last words, spoken "just before they sprung the trap", were: "You can't cheat an honest man; never give a sucker an even break, or smarten up a chump." The line expanded on his character's comment to his daughter in the musical Poppy , "Let me give you just one bit of...
|Release date:||February 18, 1939|
|Directed by:||Edward F. Cline, George Marshall|
|Cinematography:||Milton R. Krasner|
|Screenplay by:||W. C. Fields|