Toasts--An Explanation

>> Tuesday, January 16, 2007


Today, Booze Movies premieres a new feature--Toasts. “Toasts” will consist of feature articles and profiles of the people, characters, film series, and other elements that made special contributions to the history of 100 proof film.

I can think of no better subject with which to begin than W.C. Fields, soused cinema’s patron saint. In the upcoming week, I will follow my first toast with reviews of the five films contained in the W.C. Fields Comedy Collection (The Bank Dick / My Little Chickadee / You Can't Cheat an Honest Man / It's a Gift / International House). The second box set in this series is not due until March 20th, so this Fields fix will have to sate fans of the Great Man in the meantime.

Cheers,
garv

3 comments:

Prairie Dawg January 16, 2007 at 11:54 AM  

Cool. I had "The Bank Dick," as per your recommendation, in my Blockbuster cue for months until they admitted they didn't have a copy to send me.

I believe they have this set, though.

tom o January 16, 2007 at 3:20 PM  

i've only seen The Bank Dick - Netflix. i'm going to have to buy the DVD sets.

garv January 16, 2007 at 4:58 PM  

THE BANK DICK and IT'S A GIFT are the Great Man's greatest. Those two films alone make the set an essential purchase. The other three films are grade "C" Fields in my opinion. They feature great individual moments, but they also have quite a few slow spots (mainly when W.C. is off screen). Still, grade "C" Fields is better than 90% of most other comedian's best work.

The Vol. 2 set is more consistent in terms of it's content. Where the first set has two A+ films and three C's, the second set is a pretty consistent group of "A-" and "B" grades. In many ways, the Vol. 2 set is a better introduction to the Great Man than the first.

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