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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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Complete credited cast:
... W.C. Fields
... Carlotta Monti
... Studio Head Bannerman
... John Barrymore
... Melody
... Agent Dockstedter
... Florenz Ziegfeld
... Ludwig
... Gregory LaCava
Milt Kamen ... Dave Chasen
... Gene Fowler
... Claude Fields
... Ingenue
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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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11 January 1978 (France)  »

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Frenesi de Glória  »

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Karen Black turned down the role of Carlotta Monti. 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 the two panned-and-banished 1976 Universal star bios..worth another look.
18 November 2000 | by See all my reviews

In 1976, Universal spent significant money to bring two golden-age Hollywood biopics to the screen: Gable and Lombard and W.C. Fields and Me. Both were panned, gave little return on the money spent, and have been relegated to rarely seen, not-on-video status. I haven't seen Gable since the year of its release, but caught up with W.C. on cable awhile back. It's imperfect, but certainly interesting, well-acted and worth another look. (I'd like to see Gable again, too, to see if it's worse or better than I remember.)

Steiger gives a good interpretation of Fields, though unable to channel the unique comic gifts that he possessed. It was always good to see Perrine onscreen in her too-few roles, and Jack Cassidy was effective in one of his last roles prior to his untimely death. The design and technical work result in a great look, unfortunately panned and scanned in the TV version that is seen today (when it's seen at all.)

Interestingly, the Fields portrayal can be traced back to the memorable serial killer Steiger portrayed in 1968's No Way To Treat A Lady, adapting several disguises and voices, one of which evoked Fields. Universal has been pretty good about releasing older films of theirs to DVD at a good price; how about a couple of widescreen editions of these flawed but interesting biopics?


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