2015 Year of W.C. Fields—100th Anniversary in Film!
100th Anniversary Starring on Broadway!
“Icon of American Culture and Humor,” Librarian of Congress, 2000.
We are planning many events to honor and celebrate our grandfather, those scheduled to date are listed here. More are to come.
This year marks the centennial of W.C. Fields' 1915 stage debut with the Ziegfeld Follies. To celebrate, the Museum will show two silent films made across the street at the Astoria studio, where Fields began his long partnership with Paramount Pictures.
It's the Old Army Game
Sunday, November 29, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
So's Your Old Man
Sunday, November 29, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Join us after at The Astor Room (former commissary of the Astor Studios, and now a beautifully restored Art Deco restaurant). On display is the only photo of an artist who made films there, W.C. Fields in The Potters (one of the few lost films).
Special thanks to W.C. Fields' granddaughter Dr. Harriet Fields.
The Library of Congress Packard Campus Celebrate the Centenary.
Don't miss in loving recognition The Library of Congress celebrate the centenary. This two day event on Friday, November 13 and Saturday, November 14, 2015 showcases the film collection of W.C. Fields with granddaughter, global health advocate Dr. Harriet Fields, to introduce the films. Packard Campus Theater located in Culpeper, Virginia celebrate the extraordinary range of creativity and exuberance inherent in the recorded forms of American culture and entertainment since the late 19th century visible in Fields' collection. See the program schedule at Packard Campus...
Packard Campus Theater upcoming films include
Friday, November 13, 2015 beginning at 7:30 p.m. Eastern
• Running Wild (1927), Paramount.
• So's Your Old Man (1926), Paramount.
Saturday, November 14, 2015 beginning at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
• You Can't Cheat An Honest Man (1939), Universal.
• The Golf Specialist (1930), RKO-Radio.
• The Bank Dick-Trailer (1940), Universal.
Saturday, November 14, 2015 beginning at 7:30 p.m. Eastern
• It's A Gift (1934), Paramount.
• The Bank Dick (1940), Universal.
W.C. Fields Centennial Celebration in Film at the Magic Castle, September 19, 2015.
Allen A. Fields and Ronald J. Fields, grandsons, at the W.C. Fields Centennial in Film Celebration at the Magic Castle, Hollywood, September 19, 2015, site of the original Pool Table on loan from the W.C. Fields Family.
Turner Classic Movies Celebrate the Centenary.
Don't miss in loving recognition TCM celebrate the centenary of the movie career of the great W.C. Fields (1880—1946), who began making film shorts in 1915 in New York. Through the next 30 years and some 40 films, Fields established himself as one of the outstanding comics of the 20th century. Fields' granddaughter, global health advocate Dr. Harriet Fields, joins Ben Mankiewicz in co-hosting our evening of Fields' films.
TCM schedule for Friday, September 4, 2015 includes
8:00 p.m. Eastern, The Bank Dick (1940), B/W, 72 min, TV-PG. Read more articles on The Bank Dick at TCM...
9:30 p.m. Eastern, It's A Gift (1934), B/W, 68 min, TV-G. Read more articles on It's A Gift at TCM...
11:00 p.m. Eastern, You Can't Cheat An Honest Man (1939), B/W, 79 min, TV-PG. Read more articles on You Can't Cheat An Honest Man at TCM...
12:30 a.m. Eastern, David Copperfield (1935), B/W, 130 min, TV-G. Read more articles on David Copperfield at TCM...
W.C. Fields Centennial Celebration at the New Amsterdam, June 22, 2015.
W.C. Fields featured at TCM Classic Film Festival 2015.
www.yesterdayUSA.com Internet radio, Sunday March 8, features
W.C. Fields 2015 celebration events - 10:30 p.m. ET/ 7:30 p.m. PT.
Listen now to Larry John Walden with Dr. Harriet Fields on W.C. Fields...
Welcome to the official website for W.C. Fields, owned and operated by W.C. Fields Productions, Inc.
There is no instance in the human condition we cannot find some solace in the humor of W.C. Fields.
W.C. Fields speaks truth to authority with dignity, respect, and kindness. He fights for the underdog, the common person. Bottom line, W.C. Fields made and makes the world laugh—the best medicine of all.
February 2012, Universal Studios names street for W.C. Fields.
W.C. Fields Dr. is the largest and longest street at Universal Studios and the only street accessible to the public. An act of love and honor by Universal Studios in recognition of the great artists who graced their lots, W.C. Fields arguably the greatest.
W.C. Fields' Tributes
We are so proud that our grandfather, W.C. Fields is among the international icons on the Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band iconic album cover.
The Librarian of Congress, Dr. James Billington, says, “W.C. Fields is the Icon of American Culture and Humor.”
Adam McKay, Director of Arnchorman 2, December 2013: “You’re literally naming one of my all-time favourites. WC Fields I think is one of the funniest comics of all time. In fact, of all the old style comics, he’s the one that to this day, I will still laugh at his stuff. We’re talking about 80 years ago and his stuff is still funny. It’s amazing.”
Zach Galifianakis star of The Hangover and rising comedian credits W.C. Fields as his influence, May 29, 2010, MySpace: “Influences – my family, my friends and wc fields…”
Judd Apatow on Make Em Laugh, PBS 2009: “W.C. Fields is the funniest guy of everybody, ever.”
Conan O'Brien on Inside Actors Studio with James Lipton, 2009, – Who makes you Laugh?
“W.C. Fields I think is maybe the funniest man that ever lived.”
John Cleese in introduction to Turner Classic Movies W.C. Fields star of the month, June 2001.
“I discovered W.C. Fields long after I was familiar with Chaplin, Keaton, and Laurel and Hardy and immediately liked him best….Fields had the courage to play the disreputable character and the brilliance to make riskier and more profound jokes than others.”
“Fields was doing Python-esq things long before Python.”
“At a time when political correctness often stifles honesty and impulse to laugh and genuine wit is in such short supply, I think nothing could be healthier than the re-discovery of this most original, perceptive and unrepentant of comedians.”
Others say he is the first example of American humor. W.C. Fields is not slapstick, his humor is cerebral. As in all works of art, every time we see or hear a Fields' film, we see or hear some thing new. W.C. Fields studied us, the travelers in the daily journey of life and the human condition, and then served it back to us in his artistry through humor.