WC Fields Dec 25 1946 passed away

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by GuildX700, Dec 27, 2016.

  1. GuildX700

    GuildX700 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    I just remembered and was jogged in my memory playing WC Fields His Only Recording on vinyl tonight and watching My Little Chicadee with Mae West that WC Fields passed away on Dec 25 1946, 70 years ago this Christmas, a day he supposedly hated!

    Hats off to the great one!!!


  2. ggergm

    ggergm red right returning

    I love the story of WC Fields on his death bed.

    He was in the hospital and a friend came by for a visit. He found Fields reading the Bible. His astounded friend, knowing Fields wasn't religious, said, "Bill, what are you doing, reading the Bible?"

    Fields replied, "Looking for loopholes."
  3. The Panda

    The Panda Forum Mutant

    Marple, PA, USA
    still one of my favorite exchanges ever: (and people thought Moonlighting had snappy dialogue, ha!)

    Cuthbert J. Twillie: May I present my card?

    Flower Belle Lee: 'Novelties and Notions.' What kind of notions you got?

    Cuthbert J. Twillie: You'd be surprised. Some are old, some are new. Whom have I the honor of addressing, m'lady?

    Flower Belle Lee: Mmm, they call me Flower Belle.

    Cuthbert J. Twillie: Flower Belle, what a euphonious appellation. Easy on the ears and a banquet for the eyes.

    Flower Belle Lee: You're kinda cute yourself.

    Cuthbert J. Twillie: Thank you. I never argue with a lady.

    Flower Belle Lee: Smart boy.
  4. John B Good

    John B Good Forum Hall Of Fame

    NS, Canada
    I was thinking of watching a Fields movie this week. You've convinced me :)
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  5. The Wanderer

    The Wanderer Seeker of Truth

    always amusing
  6. Jamey K

    Jamey K Internet Sensation

    " No, I don't know Carl Lafong. Lafong. Carl Lafong."
  7. Gaslight

    Gaslight Modern Vlad

    Northeast USA
    Screw you 2016 1946
  8. Gary

    Gary Nauga Gort! Staff

    I read somewhere that he was "stung" in the 1929 crash and lost it all (or a lot of it?). After that, he determined to use banks all over the USA (since you traveled a lot in vaudeville, it was easy to do) so no one would find his money, some of the banks would survive the next crash or something along those lines. And he was right, after he passed, his heirs could not find his money. Or something to that effect.

    Anyone know if this is true?
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  9. GuildX700

    GuildX700 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    I remember hearing that, not sure if it's true but it sounds like him.
  10. Lord Summerisle

    Lord Summerisle Forum Resident

  11. Gary

    Gary Nauga Gort! Staff

    I think it was in a George Burns book, where he reminisces about his and Gracie's glory days.

    I also think that he usually brought along his favourite alcoholic libation to parties in various vest pockets, in case of emergencies. George Burns relates the story when he stocked W.C.'s favourite alcohol (don't remember what it was) and when W.C. learned this, he told his chauffeur to take back his vest as he would not be needing it that night. :laugh:

    Golden Hollywood....

    Gotta see a man about a dog.... :wave:
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  12. Jerry

    Jerry Grateful Gort Staff

    New England
    An overlooked classic of his is "Man on the Flying Trapeze."
  13. kreen

    kreen Forum Resident

    WC Fields was a true genius, who wrote his own material. His humor is incredibly modern. I love the crazy names he came up with for the characters in his pictures.
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  14. GuildX700

    GuildX700 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    That movie was hard to even get for years until they finally put it out on DVD. There's a fairly young Walter Brennen in that movie.

    There's still several of his lesser films that are basically unavailable.
  15. GuildX700

    GuildX700 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    I guess he liked words and how they sound, he'd come up with some real odd words and names.
  16. Lord Summerisle

    Lord Summerisle Forum Resident

  17. John B Good

    John B Good Forum Hall Of Fame

    NS, Canada
    As it turns out, I watched YOU'RE TELLING ME, in which he plays Sam Bisbee. "One of nature's gentlemen."
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  18. John B Good

    John B Good Forum Hall Of Fame

    NS, Canada
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    Fullbug Forum Resident

  20. Rick Bartlett

    Rick Bartlett Forum Resident

    why is his stuff so difficult to source, I mean in recent years we have been able to access the marx brothers and even the 3 stooges
    on dvd/blu etc, but is there a reason why getting a complete collection of his is impossible to buy?
    what do you guys own on dvd or blu ray?
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  21. Carl Swanson

    Carl Swanson Forum Resident

    Contrarian to the last, dying on Christmas Day . . .
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  22. Spadeygrove

    Spadeygrove Forum Resident

    Charleston, WV
    "Don't worry about your heart, it will last you as long as you live." - W. C. Fields
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  23. GuildX700

    GuildX700 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    There is a very good 18 movie DVD set which is the most complete, no blu rays, as far as restoration and obscure stuff, Fields sadly is not as popular so it's not a high priority for them to work on.

    On sale now for $29 less than $2 a movie!

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  24. Glenn Christense

    Glenn Christense Foremost Beatles expert... on my block

    I read that also , probably in one of his biographies.

    I got turned on to W.C. very young by my dad. He and my uncle would take me to movie theaters showing like... The Fatal Glass of Beer, the Golf Specialist, the Dentist and a Harold Lloyd movie or similar.I thought W.C. was hilarious and still do.

    I think it's interesting that he had two distinct character types in his movies :

    He could be the brash,blowfish, shyster,huckster guy, or the henpecked, always
    getting dumped on guy . He was great doing both types.

    For out and out over the top, out of control W.C. , I love Never Give A Sucker an Even Break.
    He is just nuts in the movie.
    If he hadn't been a drinker, I would have wondered what drugs he was taking to come up with that one.

    An airplane with an observation deck, etc. :laugh:
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2016
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  25. Rick Bartlett

    Rick Bartlett Forum Resident

    ahh! yeah great thankyou, I've been looking for a set like this. I havn't seen a lot of his stuff since the VHS video hire days,
    which are now extinct, and wondered where I could see his stuff again. Youtube has bits and pieces, but thankyou for pointing
    me to this set. Cheers!
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