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Never Give a Sucker an Even Break

Released 1941
Distributor Universal Pictures

W.C. Fields’ last starring vehicle was shot under the title The Great Man, and despite a host of studio-mandated cuts, stands as a triumphantly nonsensical, semi-autobiographical farrago of unreconstructed Fieldsiana. Sadly, few original Fields trailers exist so this one is a fan-made attempt to duplicate the style of Universal promotion circa 1941.

About John Landis

John Landis is the director of Animal HouseThe Blues Brothers, An American Werewolf In LondonTrading PlacesComing To America, Kentucky Fried MovieSpies Like UsThree Amigos!Into The Night and Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and the recent Burke and Hare for Ealing Studios,  among many other films and television shows. His documentary Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project premiered on HBO and won an Emmy for Best Music, Comedy or Variety Special.  He is also the subject of noted film critic Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan’s recent book “John Landis” and his own book “Monsters in the Movies’ was published to critical and popular acclaim in 2012.