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W.C. Fields and Me (1976)

W.C. Fields is an American original, the curmudgeonly master of wit and good, mean fun.

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W.C. Fields is an American original, the curmudgeonly master of wit and good, mean fun.

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On screen he played a child-hating, dog-kicking, acid-tongued old swindler, it was no act. See more »

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The only actual incident from Carlotta Monti's book that was used in the movie was when Monti sprayed a hose on W.C. Fields' tin roof to simulate the sound of a waterfall. See more »

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The siren of the ambulance transporting W.C. Fields to the hospital is a modern electronic version, not the air driven type that would have been in use in the forties when he last lived. See more »

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Referenced in Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream (2005) See more »

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One of my all time favorite movies, unfortunately never made into a DVD
21 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When I first went to see this movie in a theater I went to watch Steiger, who never, to my knowledge, did a lick of comedy previously, fall flat on his face.

However, about five minutes into the movie I could no longer see Steiger. He had so well portrayed the great comic that you would think he invoked the very spirit of Fields and allowed Fields to tell his own story.

The research behind the acting must have been quite thorough, as I never once saw anything I could fault. His mastery of Fields speech patterns was impeccable and not overdone like so many who attempt to sound like Fields. The story line never took liberties for dramatic effect, and as far as I can tell, remained true to the real life and events of W.C.Fields.

I can only hope that, some day the studio will relent and put this great movie out on DVD or Blu-Ray; despite the poor box office returns. I really would like to see this movie again; and consider it one of the all time great biographical works.


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