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The Great Man: W.C. Fields (2005)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography | Video 8 February 2005
The legendary W.C. Fields is featured in rare behind-the-scenes footage and home movies at work and at play, along with hilarious scenes from some of his greatest films.


Phillip Dye


Phillip Dye




Credited cast:
Bud Abbott ... Self (archive footage)
Gracie Allen ... Nurse Allen (clip from International House (1933)) (archive footage)
Edgar Bergen ... Self (archive footage)
Sarah Bernhardt ... Marguerite Gautier (clip from La dame aux camellias (1912)) (archive footage)
Fanny Brice ... Self (archive footage)
George Burns ... Dr. Burns (clip from International House (1933)) (archive footage)
Cab Calloway ... Self (clip from International House (1933)) (archive footage)
Eddie Cantor ... Eddie Beagle (clip from Special Delivery (1927)) (archive footage)
John Carradine ... Self (archive footage)
Charles Chaplin ... Self (archive footage)
Maurice Chevalier ... Self (archive footage)
Lou Costello ... Self (archive footage)
Carol Dempster ... Sally (clip from Sally of the Sawdust (1925)) (archive footage)
Stuart Erwin ... Tommy Nash (clip from International House (1933)) (archive footage)
W.C. Fields ... Self (archive footage)


W.C. Fields cultivated the persona of a misanthropic cynic and many found it hard to tell where the character ended and the real person began. Master juggler, Broadway headliner, and radio star, Fields eventually reached Hollywood superstardom. Included in this DVD are rare behind-the-scenes footage and home movies of Fields at work and at play, along with hilarious scenes from some of his greatest films. Written by Anonymous

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Okay Compilation of Screen Comedian's Career
28 December 2020 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Documentary retrospective on the iconic comic's early life and later film career. Starting out from poverty, then developing into a rather amazing juggler, the comedic aspect of his act soon took over, transitioning to film shorts, and then to those well-known features. Together they established his now legendary status. There's little of his personal life except for brief reference to his later alcohol problems. Oddly there's no mention of his 46-year marriage to Harriet Hughes or of any possible Hollywood romancing. Instead, the narrative consists almost strictly of screen career, including the notorious straddling scene from The Dentist (1932). Also included are snippets of his many co-stars, including Charlie Chaplin, and Fields' perfect female counterpart Mae West. Then too are several snippets showing how his legendary misanthropy carried over off screen, as well. All in all, it's an entertaining if none too revealing compilation for both fans and non-fans alike.

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