Film Comment - 05/01/2007
"TRAPEZE tops off this collection, but deep diggers may be further rewarded by the more hellzapoppin' highlights of NEVER GIVE A SUCKER AN EVEN BREAK..."
With a wit to rival that of Oscar Wilde, W.C. Fields was a singular comedic talent. No one can pull off drunk and delightful with the alcoholic aplomb Fields possessed in spades. This anthology of his films includes the classics MAN ON THE FLYING TRAPEZE, NEVER GIVE A SUCKER AN EVEN BREAK, POPPY, YOU'RE TELLING ME!, and THE OLD FASHIONED WAY. Fields fans will particularly enjoy the surreal comedy of NEVER GIVE A SUCKER AN EVEN BREAK. The actor plays himself in what turned out to be his last film and some of his best work.