Directors & Officers

Five grandchildren of W.C. Fields are the sole shareholders of W.C. Fields Productions, Inc.
Three of us are Directors and Officers.

    • Allen A. Fields, President

Allen at the W.C. Fields Star on Hollywood Blvd.
Allen at the W.C. Fields Star on Hollywood Blvd., February, 2012.

Journey to Iola

By Allen A. Fields

I kept thinking of the scene from International House when WC asks, “Is this Kansas City, Missouri or Kansas City, Kansas?” as I landed at the Kansas City International Airport. The answer, in my case, was Kansas City, Missouri as I was on my way to Iola, Kansas where the Buster Keaton Celebration was to take place on September 22 and 23, 2005. The theme for this years' event was Buster Keaton And W.C. Fields 2005, The Comedy of the Social Misfit. This was the 13th annual Keaton Celebration hosted by the Bowlus Fine Arts Center in Iola with funding from the Kansas Humanities Committee. Past celebrations honored Fatty Arbuckle, Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Harold Lloyd, Laurel and Hardy, Ernie Kovacs and others. This year they proudly honored W.C. Fields. My sister Harriet and I were happy and honored to attend and participate in the festivities to honor the legacy of our grandfather.

Iola, population of about 6,200, is about 110 miles southwest of Kansas City, Missouri I was told, but I couldn't help but ask myself ‘why hold a celebration at a place if not in the middle of nowhere, it's pretty darn close’. I was to discover that Buster Keaton was born in Piqua (pronounced “pick way”) in a town of 80 people which is a mere 5 miles from Iola. Because Piqua cannot accommodate celebration of any size the Bowlus Fine Arts Center in Iola hosted the celebration which over the course of two days had over 600 fans and visitors to the event. This was a new record for attendance for the Keaton Celebration which I would like to think had a great deal to do with honoring W.C. Fields.

The Lompoc Picayune—Intelligencer was prominently displayed in the lobby of the Bowlus Fine Arts Center and information regarding the existence of the Fan Club and applications were also available for those interested. When the opportunity presented itself Harriet and I mentioned the W.C. Fields Fan Club and encouraged involvement.

Dr.F rank Scheide from the University of Arkansas along with Mary Martin of Iola were the Co-Chairs of the event. During the course of the two days W.C. Fields Straight Up the documentary by Ron Fields and Joe Adamson was screened as well as Pool Sharks, It's the Old Army Game, The Dentist, and The Old Fashioned Way in their entirety.

Dr. Scheide discussed Pettifogger Fields and Pilgrim Keaton: Two Comic Journeys from the Alien Edge to the Human Heart. Hooman Mehran, Co-Editor of “The Chaplin Review” presented Eddie Cline: Transforming Keaton and Resuscitating Fields and Eric Grayson, Film Historian and Collector, presented rare W.C. Fields' film footage. Joe Adamson narrated W.C. Fields Straight Up and was very informative during the Question and Answer period that followed. David Macleod, Keaton Historian and Founder of the “Blinking Buzzards Society (UK)”, presented From Vaudeville to Video: Buster Keaton and W.C. Fields. A Fatal Misalliance was presented by Scott Eyman, Noted Film Historian, Author, Journalist and Critic, and Dr. John Tibbets, Professor of Film, University of Kansas, discussed Balancing Act: W.C. Fields and the Human Condition.

“The Dr. St. George's Medicine Show Radio Theatre of the Air” and the “Mount Alto Motion Picture Orchestra” added comic relief, and musical accompaniment, respectively, to the event.

Harriet and I were treated like royalty by a very appreciative and informed audience. Many people approached us and wished to express their appreciation for the work and art of W.C. Fields which we all share. We were asked to participate in a Question and Answer period regarding our thoughts of W.C. Fields, his legacy, our growing up, and general personal questions regarding “the Great Man”. Harriet was most eloquent in her views and thoughts regarding the W.C. Fields' heritage and how it is most important to all that we preserve and foster this icon of American humor; a treasure that is our responsibility to pass on to the next generations.

Finally, after proving that the family juggling genes have passed down to our generation, we were surprised by the Keaton Committee by their honoring the W.C. Fields Family for preserving the heritage of American comedy. We were awarded “The Keaton”, not to be confused with “The Oscar”. It was a sincere and coveted honor by our family to receive this award in recognition for our efforts and the W.C. Fields Fan Club efforts in fostering and promoting the legacy of W.C. Fields. Much appreciation to you all.


  • Dr. Harriet A. Fields, Vice-president/Treasurer


Dr. Harriet Fields in front of the Film Forum marquee.
Dr. Harriet Fields, W.C. Fields Festival, Film Forum, New York, April, 2011. Photo by Steve Friedman

Harriet discusses her life and the influence of her grandfather.

Dr. Harriet Fields discusses her life as a nurse educator from her days at Teachers College, her work in Rwanda and the influence of her grandfather W.C. Fields. Read more at Education Update Online...

Dr. Harriet Fields: Health Care Activist in Africa.

Harriet and Ben Model look back on the life and work of the comic great.

W.C. Fields' granddaughter, Dr. Harriet Fields, and film historian/silent film accompanist Ben Model look back on the life and work of the comic great W.C. Fields. Read more at WNYC public radio...


  • Ronald J. Fields, Secretary


Emmy Award presentation.
Emmy Award 1986, W.C. Fields Straight Up for Outstanding Informational Special documentary. Left, Ronald J. Fields, W.C. Fields Productions, Inc., and right, Robert B. Weide, Whyaduck Productions, producers. Emmy presented by Ali McGraw, center.
© W.C. Fields Straight Up, Ronald J. Fields, W.C. Fields Productions, Inc., Whyaduck Productions

Ron is the world's Fields' scholar and author of the essential filmography W.C. Fields A Life on Film.

Ron is also the author of Prentice Hall's best seller, W.C. Fields By Himself and W.C. Fields on Business. In 1986 Ron won the Emmy Award for the PBS documentary W.C. Fields Straight Up.

Cover for the book W.C. Fields: A Life on Film by Ronald J. Fields.
Cover for the book W.C. Fields by Himself.
Cover for the book Never Give a Sucker an Even Break: W.C. Fields on Business.
Ron and Leonard at closing ceremonies of the W.C. Fields Exhibit.
Ronald J. Fields with Leonard Maltin at the W.C. Fields Exhibit closing ceremonies and screening, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Beverly Hills, CA, May 11, 2007.
© Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences