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W.C. Fields and Me (1976)

One of comedies true originals - the master of wit and good, mean fun, the curmudgeonly, and very original, the legendary W.C. Fiellds'is wonderfully portrayed by Rod Steiger in this off-beat biopic.

Director:

Arthur Hiller

Writers:

Bob Merrill, Carlotta Monti (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rod Steiger ... W.C. Fields
Valerie Perrine ... Carlotta Monti
John Marley ... Studio Head Bannerman
Jack Cassidy ... John Barrymore
Bernadette Peters ... Melody
Dana Elcar ... Agent Dockstedter
Paul Stewart ... Florenz Ziegfeld
Billy Barty ... Ludwig
Allan Arbus ... Gregory LaCava
Milt Kamen Milt Kamen ... Dave Chasen
Louis Zorich ... Gene Fowler
Andrew Parks ... Claude Fields
Linda Purl ... Ingenue
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One of comedies true originals - the master of wit and good, mean fun, the curmudgeonly, and very original, the legendary W.C. Fiellds'is wonderfully portrayed by Rod Steiger in this off-beat biopic.

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Even a man who hates children and dogs has to love someone. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Final film of actress Carlotta Monti. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Connections

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

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I hope this film is released to DVD
23 March 2006 | by c0030180See all my reviews

I had the unique perspective of living at the set in La Canada, California at the time this movie was being filmed.(I was working at nearby JPL in Pasadena) I appreciated the director's attention to detail and was able to meet Rod Steiger and Valerie Perrine between "takes." The sets were fantastic, as were the performances. The crew spent about three weeks preparing the house and bringing in the properties that were used to re-create W.C. Fields's home. The crew painstakingly stenciled 1930s designs near the ceiling of the room. Since that would make the living room stand out, they carried the design into several other rooms that were not used during the production! There is a scene of the outside of the house that shows the room that I was living in.

One of the rules on the set was that no one could imitate W.C. Fields while Rod Steiger was on the set. I believe that Rod worked very hard to portray W.C. Fields in a realistic way. (He was one nasty character!)

Please bring this movie out on DVD!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1976 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

W.C. Fields and Me See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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