W. C. Fields
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.
Million Dollar Legs (1932) starring W. C. Fields, Jackie Oakley, Susan Fleming
Synopsis of Million Dollar Legs
In Million Dollar Legs, W. 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…)
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…)
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.
Synopsis of It’s a Gift
In It’s A Gift, W. C. Fields presents one of the funniest movies that he ever made. He plays the role of Harold Bissonette, the ultimate henpecked husband who gets no respect from his haranguing wife, self-absorbed daughter, bratty son, the customers at his general store, or anywhere else. He is still a man with a dream, however, who dreams of having his own orange grove in California, and keeps an article about his “dream grove” with him at all times. During the course of the story, a rich relative passes away, leaving W. C. Fields’ character with enough money to buy his California orange grove—but, in keeping with his sad sack character, he buys a ‘lemon’ of a land—from his daughter’s boyfriend, in fact. The boyfriend tries to buy the bad land back, but Fields will have nothing to do with it, moving his family to California to a wasteland of a ‘farm’ and a ramshackle hovel as a house. Fate finally smiles on him however … but you’ll have to see the film for yourself to find out how! (more…)
W.C. Fields Quotes – W. C. Fields, in addition to a legacy of legendary films (such as The Bank Dick, Never Give a Sucker an Even Break, and You Can’t Cheat an Honest Man), had a legendary sense of humor. On and off set, he remained in character, and was famous for his many quips and retorts .
The Art of W.C. Fields – A very good book on the films of W.C. Fields — if you’re looking for a biography of W.C. Fields, you need to look elsewhere. This is a film historian writing on the films of W.C. Fields, including some of the ‘missing’ films that haven’t survived to the present day, and very interesting reading it is
Frankly, I have a good bit of ambivalence about W. C. Fields and Me. It is an “insider’s” view of life with W. C. Fields, and has many stories and anecdotes that are very amusing and interesting, as well as providing some behind-the-scenes of the making of many of W. C. Fields movies, quotes from his friends, etc. On the other hand, the book is somewhat centered around the author, Carlotta Monti, a minor film actress who appeared with W. C. Fields in several of his movies (Never Give a Sucker an Even Break, Man on the Flying Trapeze) — as well as having been his mistress for the last 14 years of his life. (more…)