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The Bank Dick (1940) starring W. C. Fields, Una Merkel, Franklin Pangborn, Shemp Howard

The Bank Dick

The Bank Dick (1940) starring W. C. Fields, Una Merkel, Franklin Pangborn, Grady Sutton, Shemp Howard

Synopsis of The Bank Dick

W.C. Fields stars as an unemployed, henpecked drunk who spends most of his time at the Black Pussy Cat café. Things take a turn for the absurd when he unwittingly captures a bank robber and lands a job as a security guard. Written by Fields under the pseudonym Mahatma Kane Jeeves and featuring one of his most hilarious performances, The Bank Dick is an undisputed classic of American comedy. Criterion is proud to present Fields’ last major film in a new digital transfer, with English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired.

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Million Dollar Legs (1932) starring W. C. Fields, Jackie Oakley, Susan Fleming

Million Dollar Legs

Million Dollar Legs (1932) starring W. C. Fields, Jackie Oakley, Susan Fleming

Synopsis of Million Dollar Legs

In Million Dollar LegsW. C. Fields is the president of the bankrupt nation of Klopstokia.  He needs 8,000,000 dollars, his daughter falls in love with a brush salesman, and his cabinet wants to overthrow him.  How can he solve all of these problems at once? By having Klopstokia win the 1932 Olympics! (more…)

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W.C. Fields: 6 Short Films (The Golf Specialist / Pool Sharks / The Pharmacist / The Fatal Glass of Beer / The Barber Shop / and more)

W.C. Fields: 6 Short Films

W.C. Fields: 6 Short Films (The Golf Specialist / Pool Sharks / The Pharmacist / The Fatal Glass of Beer / The Barber Shop / and more)

Synopsis of W.C. Fields: 6 Short Films

W. C. Fields’ prolific career placed him at the forefront of slapstick comedy. Gathered here are six gems that feature the comic genius at his peak: The Golf Specialist, Pool Sharks (silent), The Pharmacist, The Fatal Glass of Beer, The Barber Shop, and, of course, the notorious The Dentist. This unique collection will delight new generations of viewers with Fields’ hilariously sardonic routines. (more…)

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Mae West - W. C. Fields - My Little Chickadee

My Little Chickadee

My Little Chickadee (1940) starring W. C. Fields and Mae West

My Little Chickadee is a classic comedy starring two of the great comedians of their day, W. C. Fields and Mae West.  The basic plot has Mae West’s character, Flower Belle Lee, run out of town on a rail, where she meets W. C. Fields’ character, Cuthbert J. Twillie.  During an American Indian attack on the train, Mae West shows great courage and daring—and W. C. Fields doesn’t.  Mistakenly thinking that he’s a wealthy man, Mae accepts his marriage proposal afterward, and with the aid of another con man on board the train gets “married” before they arrive at their new destination.

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