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W.C.  Fields
[William Claude Dukenfield 1880-1946]

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movies of W.C. Fields

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             color portrait of W.C. Fields [1880-1946]


“A merry Christmas to all my friends except two.”
— Christmas card from W.C. Fields, circa 1940

(about W.C. Fields) “Any man who hates dogs and children can't be all bad.”
— Byron Darnton, New York Times reporter

“You can fool half of the people all of the time and that's enough to make a good living.”

“Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder.”

“I am free of all prejudice. I hate everyone equally.”

“If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There's no use being a damn fool about it.”

signature of W.C. Fields


     B I O
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FIELDS, W.C.: b. 1880; d. 12/25/46 in Pasadena
awarded two Stars on the Walk of Fame in February 1960: for Motion Pictures (at 7004 Hollywood Blvd.) and for Radio (at 6316 Hollywood Blvd.)



Movies  of  W.C. Fields
W.C. Fields credits [1915-42] at Internet Movie Database
browse W.C. Fields on DVD at Amazon

Art of W. C. Fields book by William K. Everson  
"The Art of W. C. Fields" [1967] by William K. Everson
Bonanza Books 10x7 hardcover [1967] out of print/used
Bobbs-Merrill 10¼x7¼ hardcover [1967] out of print/many, many used
Films of W. C. Fields book by Donald Deschner  "The Complete Films of W. C. Fields" [2000] by Donald Deschner
Kensington/Citadel 11x8½ hardcover [6/2000] out of print/used
"The Films of W. C. Fields" [1966]
by Donald Deschner, Introduction by Arthur Knight

Lyle Stuart 11x8½ pb [6/66] out of print/many used
Lyle Stuart hardcover [6/66] out of print/used
Citadel Press 10¾x8½ hardcover [6/66] out of print/many used

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cover for Golden Age of Comedy 1957 docufilm Region 2 DVD  "The Golden Age of Comedy" [D.C.A. Dec 1957]
features silent comic actors Billy Bevan, Charley Chase, Andy Clyde, W.C. Fields, Harry Langdon, Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy (from their 1929 short "Big Business"), Harold Lloyd, Our Gang, and others
Co-produced, written & directed by Robert Youngson; narrated by Dwight Weist & Ward Wilson
VidAmerica b&w VHS [3/92] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb
available on DVD on "The First Kings of Comedy Collection" [1957 & 1960]
Genius Ent b&w DVD set [10/2007] for $9.95
along with "When Comedy Was King" [Fox March 1960]: full credits from IMDb

Hidden Hollywood / Treasures From Fox  "Hidden Hollywood: Treasures From The 20th Century Fox Vaults" [1997 TV special]
Co-written, co-produced & directed by Kevin Burns
Volume 2: hosted by Joan Collins; the mostly song-and-dance clips include Margaret Dumont, Alice Faye, W.C. Fields, Kay Francis, Betty Grable, skater Sonja Henie, Danny Kaye, Buster Keaton, Carole Landis, Victor Mature, Mitzi Mayfair, Carmen Miranda, the Nicholas Brothers, Martha Raye, the Ritz Brothers & Phil Silvers
Image Ent. 90-min. color DVD [3/2002] for $13.99
full credits at IMDb
W.C. Fields 6 Short Films collection from Criterion  "W.C. Fields: 6 Short Films" DVD Box Set [2000]
Criterion b&w DVD [8/2000] for $24.49
contains 6 b&w short films: "Pool Sharks" [Gaumont/Mutual 1915 silent]; "The Golf Specialist" [R.K.O. 1930]; "The Dentist" [Sennett Pictures 1932]; "The Fatal Glass of Beer" [Sennett Pictures 1933]; "The Barber Shop"
[Sennett Pictures 1933]; and "The Pharmacist" [Sennett Pictures 1933]; extras include interviews & commentary
NOTE: Transfer quality below Criterion's usual standard.
"W.C. Fields Collected Shorts" [2002]
Alpha Video b&w DVD [10/2002] for $7.98
contains 3 shorts: "The Golf Specialist" [1930], "The Dentist" [1932] & "The Fatal Glass of Beer" [ 1933]
W.C. Fields Comedy Collection Volume 1 DVD box set  
"W.C. Fields Comedy Collection - Volume One" DVD Box Set [2004]
Universal Studios b&w DVD [11/2004] 5 disks for $47.49
contains 5 b&w feature films: "International House" [1933]; "It's A Gift" [1934]; "You Can't Cheat An Honest Man" [1939]; "The Bank Dick" [1940]; and "My Little Chickadee" [1940]; extras include trailers & the docufilm "W.C. Fields: Behind The Laughter" [Biography 1994]
W.C. Fields Extravaganza DVD box set  "W.C. Fields Extravaganza" DVD Box Set [2005]
Passport Video DVD [3/2005] 3 disks for $17.99
contains 1 feature film, 5 shorts, 1 color cartoon, and 9 trailers & clips: "Sally of The Sawdust" [1925 silent feature] directed by D.W. Griffith; "Pool Sharks" silent short [Gaumont/Mutual 1915]; "The Golf Specialist" short [R.K.O. 1930]; "The Dentist" short [Sennett Pictures 1932]; "The Fatal Glass of Beer" short [Sennett Pictures 1933]; "Cupid Gets His Man" color cartoon short [Van Beuren 1936]; and 24-minute b&w short "Wayne and Shuster Take An Affectionate Look At W.C. Fields" [C.B.C./Revue 1965]
W.C. Fields Comedy Collection Volume 2 DVD box set  "W.C. Fields Comedy Collection - Volume Two" DVD Box Set [2007]
Universal Studios b&w DVD set [3/2007] 5 disks for $29.54
contains 5 b&w feature films: "You're Telling Me!" [1934]; "The Old Fashioned Way" [1934]; "The Man On The Flying Trapeze" [1935]; "Poppy" [1936]; "Never Give A Sucker An Even Break" [1941]; extras include 2 trailers
W.C. Fields Comedy Favorites Collection DVD box set  "W.C. Fields Comedy Favorites Collection" DVD Box Set [2013]
Universal Studios b&w DVD set [6/2013] 3 disks for $12.49
contains 10 b&w feature films: "International House" [1933], "It's A Gift" [1934], "You're Telling Me" [1934], "The Old-Fashioned Way" [1934], "Man On The Flying Trapeze" [1935], "Poppy" [1936], "You Can't Cheat An Honest Man" [1939], "My Little Chickadee" [1940], "The Bank Dick" [1940], and "Never Give A Sucker An Even Break" [1941]; extras include a TV documentary
W.C. Fields Comedy Essentials Collection DVD box set  "W.C. Fields Comedy Essentials Collection" DVD Box Set [2015]
Universal Studios Home Ent. DVD set [10/2015] 5 disks for $33.99
contains 18 'classic' comedy feature films: "Million Dollar Legs" [1932] with Jack Oakie; "If I Had A Million"
[1932]; "Alice In Wonderland" [1933] {as Humpty-Dumpty}; "International House" [1933]; "Tillie and Gus"
[1933]; "Mrs. Wiggs of The Cabbage Patch" [1934]; "It's A Gift" [1934]; "You're Telling Me" [1934]; "The Old Fashioned Way" [1934]; "Six of A Kind" [1934]; "Mississippi" [1935] with Bing Crosby; "Man On The Flying Trapeze" [1935]; "Poppy [1936] with Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy; "The Big Broadcast of 1938" [1938] with Bob Hope; "You Can't Cheat An Honest Man" [1939]; "My Little Chickadee" [1940] with Mae West; "The Bank Dick" [1940]; and "Never Give A Sucker An Even Break" [1940]

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"Pool Sharks" silent comedy short [Gaumont/Mutual 1915]

"Sally of The Sawdust" [1925 silent feature]
Directed by D.W. Griffith; based on the hit Broadway play "Poppy"; starring Carol Dempster & W.C. Fields

http://www.amazon.com/Sally-Sawdust-Carol-Dempster/dp/6305211264/

"That Royle Girl" silent feature  [Paramount Dec 1925]
Directed by D.W. Griffith; starring Carol Dempster, W.C. Fields, Harrison Ford, Paul Everton, Kathleen Chambers
& James Kirkwood; video/DVD not available {this silent film is considered lost}; full credits from IMDb

"It's The Old Army Game" [Paramount/Lasky 1926] /tt0017004/
Directed by A. Edward Sutherland; based on the stageplay "The Comic Supplement" by J.P. McEvoy
& W.C. Fields; starring W.C. Fields, Louise Brooks, Blanche Ring & William Gaxton

"So's Your Old Man" silent feature
[Paramount/Famous Players-Lasky Oct 1926]
lobby card for 1926 silent film "So's Your Old Man" starring W.C. Fields  Filmed at Kaufman Astoria Studios in New York; a glazier invents unbreakable glass, but a mixup ruins his big chance at the auto show . . . Directed by Gregory La Cava; adapted by J. Clarkson Miller & Howard Emmett Rogers from a story by Julian Street; starring W.C. Fields, Alice Joyce, Charles 'Buddy' Rogers, Kittens Reichert, Marcia Harris, Julia Ralph, Frank Montgomery & Jerry Sinclair
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDb

later remade as "You're Telling Me" [1934] {below}

"Running Wild" [1927 silent feature]

"The Golf Specialist" comedy short [R.K.O. 1930]

"The Dentist" comedy short [Sennett Pictures 1932]

"Million Dollar Legs" [July 1932] /tt0023225/

"If I Had A Million" [Paramount Dec 1932]
If I Had a Million 1932 anthology movie  An unusual 'anthology' film from Paramount, with seven directors; based on the 1931 novel "Windfall" by Robert Hardy Andrews; an episodic delight, finally available on DVD: A dying millionaire gives money away to strangers chosen from the phone book. (Likely inspiration for the TV show 'The Millionaire'.) Norman Taurog directed the "Prologue" & "Epilogue" segments; James Cruze directed the "Death Cell" segment; H. Bruce Humberstone directed the "The Forger" segment; Ernst Lubitsch directed "The Clerk" segment; Norman Z. McLeod directed the "China Shop" & "Road Hogs" segments; Stephen Roberts directed the "Violet" & "Grandma" segments; William A. Seiter directed the "Three Marines" segment; starring Richard Bennett; ensemble cast includes Gary Cooper, Frances Dee, W.C. Fields, Roscoe Karns, Charles Laughton, Jack Oakie, George Raft, Gene Raymond, May Robson & Charlie Ruggles
The DVD is offered for sale at Movies Unlimited (6/2009) but darned if I can find any new link at Amazon!
Nostalgia Home Video DVD [2/2007] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb • movie entry at Wikipedia

"The Fatal Glass of Beer" comedy short [Sennett Pictures 1933]

"The Barber Shop" comedy short [Sennett Pictures 1933]

"The Pharmacist" comedy short [Sennett Pictures 1933]

"The Singing Boxer" [Sennett Pictures Jan 1933]
written by W.C. Fields, starring Donald Novis

"International House" sound feature [Paramount May 1933]
'International House' 1933 sound feature film starring W.C. Fields  Inventor Prof. Wong offers his new 'radioscope' (television) to bidders who appear in person at the International House Hotel in the remote city of Wu-Hu, China. Assorted wacky characters converge there, the American breaks out in a rash and gets the hotel quarantined, and Prof. Quail (Fields) arrives in his gyrocopter; the new invention shows old vaudeville and then-popular radio acts, including Cab Calloway performing 'Reefer Man'. • Directed by A. Edward Sutherland; screenplay by Francis Martin & Walter DeLeon from a story by Neil Brant & Louis E. Heifetz; starring W.C. Fields, Peggy Hopkins Joyce, Rudy Vallee, Stuart Erwin, George Burns & Gracie Allen, Sari Maritza, Bela Lugosi, F. Chase Taylor {as Col. Stoopnagle}, Budd (Hulick), Cab Calloway and his orchestra, 'Baby Marie' Osborne, Franklin Pangborn, Edmund Breese, Lumsden Hare, Sterling Holloway, Lona Andre & Harrison Greene
Universal Studios b&w VHS [10/96] for $19.69
full credits at IMDb • movie entry at Wikipedia
available on DVD as part of "W.C. Fields Comedy Collection - Volume One" 5-film box set [2004]
Universal Studios b&w DVD set [11/2004] 5 disks for $41.99
available on DVD as part of "W.C. Fields Comedy Favorites Collection" 10-film box set [2013]
Universal Studios b&w DVD set [4/2013] 3 disks for $12.49

"Tillie and Gus" [Oct 1933] /tt0024672/

"Six of A Kind" [Feb 1934] /tt0025799/

"It's A Gift" [1934]

"The Old Fashioned Way" [1934]

"Mrs. Wiggs of The Cabbage Patch" [1934] /tt0025523/

"You're Telling Me!" [Paramount April 1934]
You're Telling Me! sound film starring W.C. Fields  Greatly-modified sound remake of Fields's 1926 silent film "So's Your Old Man"; an uncouth inventor messes up his daughter's chance to marry into a wealthy family, then botches a deal to make money from his latest invention; he takes a train trip to hide from his problems and meets a European princess . . . Directed by Erle C. Kenton; written by Walter DeLeon, Paul M. Jones & J.P. McEvoy from a story by Julian Street; starring W.C. Fields, Joan Marsh, Larry 'Buster' Crabbe, Adrienne Ames, Louise Carter, Kathleen Howard, Tammany Young, Dell Henderson, James B. 'Pop' Kenton, Robert McKenzie, Nora Cecil, George Irving, Vernon Dent & Billy Engle
Universal Studios b&w VHS [10/98] for $6.69
full credits at IMDb • movie entry at Wikipedia
available on DVD as part of "W.C. Fields Comedy Collection - Volume Two" 5-film box set [2007]
Universal Studios b&w DVD set [3/2007] 5 disks for $29.54
available on DVD as part of "W.C. Fields Comedy Favorites Collection" 10-film box set [2013]
Universal Studios b&w DVD set [4/2013] 3 disks for $12.49

"Mississippi" [March 1935] /tt0026723/

"The Man On The Flying Trapeze" [1935]

"David Copperfield" [M.G.M. Oct 1935]
Directed by George Cukor; based on the Charles Dickens novel; starring Freddie Bartholomew, Edna May Oliver, Elizabeth Allan,
Hugh Walpole, Basil Rathbone, Fay Chaldecott, Una O'Connor, Lionel Barrymore, Violet Kemble Cooper, Elsa Lanchester,
Jean Cadell, W.C. Fields, Roland Young, Lewis Stone, Frank Lawton, Madge Evans, Hugh Williams &
Maureen O'Sullivan; Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Assistant Director & Best Editing
full credits from IMDb

"Poppy" [1936]

"The Big Broadcast of 1938" [Feb 1938] /tt0029912/

"You Can't Cheat An Honest Man" [1939 comedy film]
starring and scripted by W.C. Fields
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You_Can%27t_Cheat_an_Honest_Man

"The Bank Dick" [1940] starring W.C. Fields

"My Little Chickadee" [1940]
starring W.C. Fields & Mae West

"Never Give A Sucker An Even Break" [1941]

"Tales of Manhattan" [1942]
A sequence with Fields & Margaret Dumont & Phil Silvers was cut from the original release of the film,
but is included in some home video releases. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0035415/

"Song of The Open Road" [1944]
Cameo role: Fields actually juggled for a few moments, remarking "This used to be my racket".

"Sensations of 1945" musical revue [1944]
Cameo role:

"Down Memory Lane" [Sennett/Eagle-Lion/Medallion Pictures Aug 1949]
Down Memory Lane b&w compilation video  70-minute b&w compilation using four Mack Sennett shorts: "The Dentist" [Dec 1932] starring W.C. Fields; "In The Blue of The Night" [Jan 1933] starring Bing Crosby; "The Singing Boxer" [Jan 1933] written by W.C. Fields, starring Donald Novis; "Sing, Bing, Sing" [March 1933] starring Bing Crosby Co-produced by Mack Sennett; directed by Phil Karlson; written & hosted by Steve Allen {his first film}; with Franklin Pangborn, Frank Nelson, Ben Turpin, Keystone Cops, Irving Bacon, Mack Sennett, James Finlayson, Marjorie Kane, Mabel Normand, Dorothy Granger, Yvonne Peattie, Bud Jamison, Charles Murray, Billy Bletcher, Mack Swain, Gloria Swanson, Elise Cavanna, Florine McKinney
DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDb
Malaco/Savoy Records b&w VHS [8/94] out of prodn/SOLD OUT

Other  Works  by  W.C. Fields
W.C. Fields Bibliography at Amazon
W.C. Fields credits [1905-31] at Internet Broadway Database

1940 cover for W.C. Fields for President  W.C. Fields for President 1971 book cover  "Fields for President" [1940] by W.C. Fields
The 1940 edition includes illustrations by Otto Soglow; the 1971 reprint is illustrated with photographs of Fields, with 'Introduction & Commentary' by Michael M. Taylor; the newest edition has Commentary by Ronald J. Fields and Foreword by Dick Cavett
Kindle Edition from Taylor Trade Publng [2/2016] for $6.15
Taylor Trade Publng 8½x5½ pb [2/2016] for $10.95
Bantam Doubleday Dell 9x5½ pb [1972] out of print/used
Dodd, Mead & Co. 9½x6¼ hardcover [1971] out of print/70+ used
Tales For Males stories  "Tales For Males: Selected For Man's Enjoyment" [1945]
Edited by Ed Fitzgerald

Cadillac Publng hardcover [1/45] out of print/rare
stories by Konrad Bercovici, James M. Cain, Morley Callaghan, George S. Chappell, John Collier, Clarence Day Jr., John Fante, W.C. Fields, Corey Ford, Benjamin Franklin, C.A. Hamilton, Fred C. Kelly, Arthur Kober, Ring Lardner, Dorothy Parker, William Saroyan, Bernard Sobel, Donald Ogden Stewart, Frank Sullivan, James Thurber, George Weller and others
'W.C. Fields ... His Only Recording' spoken-word album on vinyl disk  "W.C. Fields . . . His Only Recording" spoken-word & music album [circa 1960s]
Proscenium Records vinyl LP recording [undated] out of prodn/scarce
Side A contains two Fields cuts recorded in 1946 at Les Paul Studios, with guitar & piano accompaniment: "The Temperance Lecture" [10:40] & "The Day I Drank A Glass of Water" [5:57]; Side B contains eight songs performed by Mae West, with jazz quartet or symphony orchestra
Drat! W. C. Fields in His Own Words book edited by Richard J. Anobile  
"Drat! Being The Encapsulated View of Life by W. C. Fields In His Own Words"
[1969] Edited by Richard J. Anobile, Introduction by Ed McMahon

Signet/NAL mass pb [7/69] out of print/used
Signet/NAL 7x5 pb [7/69] out of print/many used
quotations of W. C. Fields book  "The Quotations of W. C. Fields" [1976]
Drake Publrs 8½x5¾ pb [1976] out of print/used

Works  About  W.C. Fields

"Cupid Gets His Man" cartoon short [Van Beuren/R.K.O. July 1936]
'Cupid Gets His Man' 1936 color cartoon short  Technicolor™ cartoon short in Van Bueren's 'Rainbow Parade' series; cupid must bring all his resources into play to corral two crabby neighbors, obvious caricatures of comedian W.C. Fields and spinster actress Edna Mae Oliver [1883-1942] • Directed by Tom Palmer, music by Winston Sharples
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • bare credits at IMDb
watch full cartoon [10/2013 upload; 7:30] online at YouTube

W. C. Fields Follies & Fortunes biography by Robert Lewis Taylor  "W.C. Fields: His Follies and Fortunes" [1949]
by Robert Lewis Taylor, with 16 pages of photos

St. Martin's Press 8¼x5½ pb [9/89] out of print/used
Signet/NAL mass pb [1967] out of print/used
Bantam mass pb [1951] out of print/used
Doubleday hardcover [1949] out of print/used

"Wayne and Shuster Take An Affectionate Look At W.C. Fields" [C.B.C./Revue 1965]
24-minute b&w short, available on "W.C. Fields Extravaganza" DVD box set {above}; credits at IMDb

Gems From The Films of W.C. Fields books edited by Richard J. Anobile  "A Flask of Fields: Verbal & Visual Gems From The Films of W.C. Fields" [1972]
Edited by Richard J. Anobile, Introduction by Raymond Rohauer

W.W. Norton 11x8½ hardcover [6/72] out of print/many, many used
Crown/Darien House hardcover [6/72] out of print/many used
"Godfrey Daniels: Verbal & Visual Gems From The Short Films of W.C. Fields" [1975]
Edited by Richard J. Anobile, Introduction by Raymond Rohauer

Avon 10¾x8¼ pb [1975] out of print/used
Crown/Darien House 11x8¾ hardcover [1975] out of print/many used
W.C. Fields by Himself / His Intended Autobiography book by Ronald J. Fields  
"W.C. Fields by Himself: His Intended Autobiography - With Hitherto Unpublished Letters, Notes, Scripts & Articles" [1973] Commentary by {grandson} Ronald J. Fields
Prentice Hall 9x5¾ hardcover [6/73] out of print/100+ used
W.C. Fields Straight Up documentary directed by Joseph Adamson  "W.C. Fields: Straight Up" documentary [PBS-TV March 1986]
94-minute color/b&w docufilm with clips from his silent films, his early talkie shorts for Mack Sennett, and his later classic sound films • Co-produced & co-written by Robert B. Weide & Ronald J. Fields; co‑written & directed by Joseph Adamson; narrated by Dudley Moore; featuring Ronald J. Fields, Will Fowler, Gloria Jean, Madge Kennedy, Leonard Maltin & Joseph L. Mankiewicz; won Emmy for Outstanding Informational Special
Whyaduck Prodns color/b&w DVD [5/2004] out of prodn/scarce
Whyaduck Prodns color/b&w VHS [7/2002] out of prodn/scarce
full credits at IMDb
W.C. Fields Behind The Laughter  
"W.C. Fields: Behind The Laughter" [A&E Biography Aug 1994]
hour-long 'Biography' episode directed by Andrea Black, written by Russ Firestone; narrated by Peter Graves; featuring Ronald J. Fields, Will Fowler, Gloria Jean, Ed McMahon & Rod Steiger
available on "W.C. Fields Comedy Collection - Volume One" DVD box set {above}
full credits at IMDb
Groucho & W.C. Fields, Huckster Comedians book by Wes D. Gehring  "Groucho and W.C. Fields: Huckster Comedians" [1994]
by Wes D. Gehring

Univ Press of Mississippi 9x6&frac4 pb [12/94] for $18.00
Univ Press of Mississippi 9½x6½ hardcover [12/94] for $42.00

Groucho Marx [1890-1977] Page at Magic Lantern Video & Book Store

Fatal Glass of Beer mystery novel by Stuart M. Kaminsky  "A Fatal Glass of Beer" mystery novel [1997] by Stuart M. Kaminsky [1934-2009]
When comedy actor W.C. Fields learns that the money is being taken from his many secret bank accounts (set up across America during his vaudeville career), he hires Hollywood private investigator Toby Peters to help hunt down the culprit, one Lester O. Hipnoodle
Mysterious Press hardcover [4/97] out of print/many used
Man on the Flying Trapeze biography of W.C. Fields by Simon Louvish  "Man On The Flying Trapeze: The Life and Times of W.C. Fields" [1997]
biography by Simon Louvish

W.W. Norton 9¼x6¼ pb [3/99] for $15.39
W.W. Norton hardcover 9¼x6¼ [9/97] out of print/many used
L'extravagant W.C. Fields book by Robert Lewis Taylor  "L'Extravagant W.C. Fields" [1999]
by Robert Lewis Taylor

Ramsay Poche French-language mass pb [1/99] out of print/used
W.C. Fields On Business book by Ronald L. Fields  "Never Give A Sucker An Even Break: W.C. Fields On Business" [2000]
by {grandson} Ronald L. Fields, with Shaun O'L. Higgins

Prentice Hall Press illustrated 8¼x5½ pb [1/2000] out of print/many used
Prentice Hall Press illustrated 8¼x5½ hardcover [1/2000] out of print/many used
W.C. Fields biography by James Curtis  "W.C. Fields: A Biography" [2003] by James Curtis
Back Stage Books 9x6 pb [9/2004] out of print/used
Knopf 9½x6½ hardcover [3/2003] out of print/used
The Great Man W.C. Fields  "The Great Man: W.C. Fields" [Passport Intl. Ent. video release Feb 2005]
80-minute documentary co-produced, written & directed by Phillip Dye
Passport Video DVD [2/2005] for $9.98
credits at IMDb
Hollywood's Classic Comedies book by John Howard Reid  "Hollywood's Classic Comedies: Featuring Slapstick, Romance, Music, Glamour or Screwball Fun!" [2007] by John Howard Reid
Lulu.com 10¾x8 pb [6/2007] for $19.95
200 films reviewed and rated, covering all genres of movie comedy; featured comedy teams include Bud Abbott & Lou Costello, George Burns & Gracie Allen, The Crazy Gang, Bob Hope & Bing Crosby, Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy, Ole Olsen & Chic Johnson, and Bert Wheeler & Robert Woolsey; featured comedians include Joe E. Brown, Eddie Cantor, Charlie Chaplin, Claudette Colbert, Joan Davis, W.C. Fields, Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, Stanley Holloway, Buster Keaton, Percy Kilbride, Arthur Lake, Harold Lloyd, Marjorie Main, Will Rogers, Penny Singleton, Red Skelton, The Three Stooges, Jacques Tati, Clifton Webb, and Norman Wisdom

Hollywood's Hellfire Club  "Hollywood's Hellfire Club: The Misadventures of John & Lionel Barrymore, W.C. Fields, Errol Flynn, and 'The Bundy Drive Boys'" [2007]
by Gregory William Mank, with Charles Heard & Bill Nelson

Among the notable off-screen hell-raisers here are John & Lionel Barrymore, John Carradine, artist John Decker, W.C. Fields, Errol Flynn, writers Gene & Will Fowler, art critic Sadakichi Hartmann, writer Ben Hecht & actor Anthony Quinn
Feral House 9½x6 pb [10/2007] for $15.61
Hollywood's Original Rat Pack, Bards of Bundy Drive book by Stephen C. Jordan  "Hollywood's Original Rat Pack: The Bards of Bundy Drive" [2008]
by Stephen C. Jordan

Parties hosted by eccentric artist John Decker at his home on Bundy Drive in West Los Angeles included notable off-screen hell-raisers John & Lionel Barrymore, John Carradine, W.C. Fields, Errol Flynn, writers Gene & Will Fowler, art critic Sadakichi Hartmann, writer Ben Hecht & actor Anthony Quinn
Scarecrow Press 8¾x6 pb [1/2008] for $45.00


Family  &  Friends  of  W.C. Fields
William Claude 'Bill' Dukenfield was born on 29 January 1880 in Pennsylvania and died in Pasadena, California on 25 December 1946 at age 66.

wife Harriet 'Hattie' Hughes Fields []
married 1904, separated 1907, divorced 1940

son William Claude Fields, Jr. [1904-?]

son William Rexford Fields 'Bill' Morris [1917-2014]
mother was Zeigfield Follies performer Bessie Poole [d. 1927]
2010 interview with Bill Morris (at age 92)

grandson William Claude Fields III
grandson Ronald L. Fields

Children of Hollywood, Growing Up As The Sons & Daughters of Stars book by Michelle Vogel  "Children of Hollywood: Accounts of Growing Up As The Sons & Daughters of Stars" [2005] by Michelle Vogel
Drawn from interviews with celebrity offspring – sons, daughters & grand-children of Eddie Cantor, Douglas Fairbanks, W.C. Fields, Ruth Hussey, Boris Karloff, Mario Lanza, Jerry Lewis, and the Marx Brothers – who also provided never-before-published snapshots of Hollywood legends at home.
McFarland & Co. 8¾x6 pb [3/2005] for $35.00


Bill's manager, Billy Grady

Bill's valet, Shorty (a dwarf)

Bill's confidante Paul Meredith Jones [1897-1966] from Bristol, Tennessee and a producer at Paramount


Bill's mistress/paramour Carlotta Monti [1907-93] - together from 1932-1946
IMDb listing [1925-76] • entry at Wikipedia

W.C.Fields and Me book by Carlotta Monti & Cy Rice (hardcover)  W.C.Fields and Me book by Carlotta Monti & Cy Rice (paperback)  "W.C. Fields and Me: Memories of The Great One - By The Woman Who Lived With Him For 14 Years" [1971 bestseller]
by Carlotta Monti, with Cy Rice

New English Library Ltd mass pb [12/75] out of print/used
Warner Books mass pb [4/76] out of print/used
M. Joseph 9x6 hardcover [1974] out of print/used
Prentice Hall 9¼x6¼ hardcover [1972] out of print/used
'W.C. Fields and Me' movie poster  "W.C. Fields and Me" [Universal Pictures March 1976]
Only the title and one sequence were taken from the book
Directed by Arthur Hiller; screenplay by Bob Merrill; music by Henry Mancini; starring Rod Steiger {as Fields}, Valerie Perrine {as Carlotta}, John Marley, Jack Cassidy {as John Barrymore}, Bernadette Peters, Dana Elcar, Paul Stewart, Billy Barty, Allan Arbus, Milt Kamen, Louis Zorich, Andrew Parks & Linda Purl
Amazon Instant Video [4/2013] rental $3.99, purchase $12.99
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDb

L i n k s
W.C. Fields entry at Wikipedia
W.C. Fields credits [1915-42] at Internet Movie Database
W.C. Fields credits [1905-31] at Internet Broadway Database

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