Never Give A Sucker An Even Break Car Chase

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Never Give A Sucker An Even Break Car Chase

PostWed Feb 07, 2018 7:44 pm

Never Give A Sucker An Even Break features W.C. Fields in his final starring role. The film ends with a Keystone Kops-style car chase when Fields frantically drives a matron to the maternity hospital, mistaking her to be pregnant and in labor. (The chase wasn’t part of Fields’ original script – Universal imposed it on him).

The chase is so long and frantic I have two very detailed posts about it. The first part is in the warehouse district SE of downtown, the second part around Glendale, Touluca Lake, and the spiffy new Cahuenga Pass Freeway that opened in 1940.

Part Two
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Part Two Link
https://silentlocations.wordpress.com/2018/01/20/the-never-give-a-sucker-an-even-break-car-chase-part-2/


Part One
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Part One Link
https://silentlocations.wordpress.com/2017/12/29/the-never-give-a-sucker-an-even-break-car-chase-part-1/

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Re: Never Give A Sucker An Even Break Car Chase

PostWed Feb 07, 2018 10:41 pm

SilentEchoes57 wrote:The chase is so long and frantic I have two very detailed posts about it.

Cheers, John


Thank you! I've been hoping that someone would do this and, big surprise: it's you. I have yet to watch this film without going back to still-frame the bejeezus out of this whole segment.
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Re: Never Give A Sucker An Even Break Car Chase

PostThu Feb 08, 2018 7:47 am

God bless John Bengston! Everyone on Nitrateville should own ALL of his wonderful books!
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Re: Never Give A Sucker An Even Break Car Chase

PostThu Feb 08, 2018 10:18 am

Now I keep wondering what this film would look like in Cinemascope... :P

Thanks for the great work, love these pieces!
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Re: Never Give A Sucker An Even Break Car Chase

PostSat Feb 10, 2018 6:41 pm

Perhaps Universal insisted the car chase be inserted into NGASAEB, but Fields has first written it into the initial draft of IT'S A GIFT.
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Re: Never Give A Sucker An Even Break Car Chase

PostSun Feb 11, 2018 12:15 pm

Very interesting, thanks for sharing. Cars looked so much better back in 1941. :wink:
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Re: Never Give A Sucker An Even Break Car Chase

PostSun Feb 11, 2018 12:48 pm

And, of course, the chase was largely reused in the Abbott & Costello feature IN SOCIETY just three years after SUCKER.

Here's my faux trailer for SUCKER (the 16mm print came out great):

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Re: Never Give A Sucker An Even Break Car Chase

PostMon Feb 12, 2018 5:57 am

Smari1989 wrote:Very interesting, thanks for sharing. Cars looked so much better back in 1941. :wink:


Even better than this 2018 one?

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Can't argue about the prices, though. The 2018 one cost over a million dollars.

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