>> Saturday, December 30, 2006
On January 19th, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will open an exhibition in their 4th Floor Gallery dedicated to the patron saint of booze movies, W.C. Fields. “The Amazing Peregrinations & Pettifoggery of One William Claude Dukenfield, late of Philadelphia, Pa., familiarly known to Crowned Heads and Hoi Polloi alike as W.C. Fields” will feature posters, photographs, publicity materials, letters, scripts, personal documents, artifacts, film clips, and sound recordings donated by family and friends of the Great Man. If you live in the Los Angeles area, don't miss this unique opportunity.
Here's a link to the official press release:
In other Fields news, the cover for the upcoming W.C. Fields Comedy Collection Vol 2 has been finalized. The set is due for release on March 20th, and it will no doubt be the most important rotgut-related DVD release of the upcoming year. The box will include five of the Great Man's greatest comedies, three of which (*) have never been released on video in any format:
YOU'RE TELLING ME (1934 Paramount)
THE OLD FASHIONED WAY (1934 Paramount) *
MAN ON THE FLYING TRAPEZE (1935 Paramount) *
POPPY (1936 Paramount) *
NEVER GIVE A SUCKER AN EVEN BREAK (1941 Universal)
Look for reviews of those films in March. In the meantime, I'll cover many other gems of soused cinema, including the films in Vol. 1.
W.C. Fields Comedy Collection (The Bank Dick / My Little Chickadee / You Can't Cheat an Honest Man / It's a Gift / International House)
W.C. Fields Comedy Collection, Vol. 2 (The Man on the Flying Trapeze / Never Give A Sucker An Even Break / You're Telling Me! / The Old Fashioned Way / Poppy)