W.C. FIELDS

Timelessness of W.C. Fields Art and Humor

Studio photo for So's Your Old Man

“If I can make them laugh and through that laughter make this old world seem just a little brighter, then I am satisfied.”
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.

Allen Fields, president of W.C. Fields Productions, at the Magic Castle, Hollywood, CA radio interview with Gary O’Brien, in honor of our grandfather, W.C. Fields' birthday, January 29, 2013.

Allen Fields with Gary O’Brien in radio studio

Allen Fields sitting on the right during the interview with Gary O’Brien.

On Sunday night, August 12, two films of W.C. Fields screened under the stars in Kigali, Rwanda. A magical experience for all, many attendees said they will remember the night forever.

Dr. Harriet A. Fields donating W.C. Fields' films

Dr. Harriet A. Fields donating W.C. Fields' films to Eric Kabera, founder of the Rwanda Cinema Center/Kwetu Film Institute. Eric Kabera
donating his documentary films to
W.C. Fields Productions.
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Dr. Harriet speaking at the Kwetu Film Institute

Dr. Harriet speaking at the Kwetu Film Institute.
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W.C. Fields' films donated to the Rwanda Cinema Center/Kwetu Film Institute. On Sunday, August 12, 2012, under the stars, two W.C. Fields' films were screened in Kigali, Rwanda. Dr. Harriet Fields shared with the audience that her grandfather performed in Africa, and said, “I am very happy for our grandfather to have a home in Africa, for Kwetu means Home in Swahili.” A magical experience for all, many attendees said they will remember the night forever. Eric Kabera, founder of the Kwetu Film Institute, said he wants to teach his students how to do comedy, so they and the country can laugh again. Eric shared that W.C. Fields' comic genius is unmatched in the world today.

Through My Eyes: A Film About Rwandan Youth Rwanda has suffered so much in the genocide of 1994. The world little knows of the depths of the pain and the heights at reconciliation and healing. W.C. Fields said, “If I can make them laugh, and through that laughter make this old world seem just a little brighter, then I am satisfied.” Laughter is truly the best medicine of all. Earlier in the week, Dr. Fields donated DVDs of W.C. Fields' films to the Kwetu Film Institute developing film Library for the students and Eric Kabera donated to the W.C. Fields' family his award winning documentaries on Rwanda. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences put Dr. Harriet Fields and Eric Kabera, founder of the Kwetu Film Institute, in contact, for the Rwanda Cinema Center is part of the Academy's International Outreach program.
Dr. Harriet A. Fields

See Leonard Maltin on “...this heartening cultural exchange, which has brought one of the world's greatest comedians to an appreciative new audience....”
Leonard Maltin's blog article W.C. Fields — In Africa

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 Street Celebration poster
W.C. Fields Street Celebration street sign

W.C. Fields Dr., Universal Studios.

Universal Studios honors icons and their families

Universal Studios honors icons
and their families for street naming celebration.
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Allen Fields with son Austin Fields in front of W.C. Fields Dr, Universal Studios, CA

Allen Fields with son Austin Fields
in front of W.C. Fields Dr., Universal Studios, CA.
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W.C. Fields' Tributes

Sgt. Pepper cover

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967). [Click on the cover to enlarge. W.C. Fields found in the top row, 6th from left.]

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.”

 

NYC poster

W.C. Fields on Broadway again!
W.C. Fields Exhibit, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, May through August 2010.
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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.

Publications

Never Give a Sucker an Even Break: W.C. Fields on Business
W. C. Fields by Himself: His Intended Autobiography
 

W.C. Fields' USPS Commemorative Stamp
W.C. Fields' Commemorative
United States Postage Stamp.

W.C. Fields: A Life on Film by Ronald J. Fields
The essential filmography
on W.C. Fields.

Emmy Award for the PBS documentary “W.C. Fields Straight Up”
Emmy Award for
“W.C. Fields Straight Up”,
1986 PBS Documentary.

Buster Award 2005
Allen Fields and Harriet Fields
accept on behalf of the
W.C. Fields Family.