Kansas Silent Film Festival features W.C. Fields February 24 & 25, 2017, Washburn University, 17th and Jewell, Topeka, Kansas. Every year, on the last weekend in February, from Friday night through Saturday night, come rain or snow or shine, the festival showcases films from the silent era with live musical accompaniment. Providing an entertaining and educational forum for silent films, all films are shown on a big screen like they were originally opened.

W.C. Fields wearing a garland of roses around his neck while holding-up a golf ball.

Friday evening features It’s the Old Army Game (1926). Saturday evening features So’s Your Old Man (1926) with Dr. Harriet Fields as guest of honor and dinner speaker. For additional details please see the press release 2017 Kansas Silent Film Festival puts W.C. Fields in the Spotlight and annotated schedule Performance Notes of the 21st Annual KSFF.

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21st Annual KSFF flyer verso side.

Metrograph presents Man on the Flying Trapeze (1935), Thursday, December 29, 7:00 p.m., 7 Ludlow Street, New York, NY. “...satires about small-town American life that must be considered Fields’ greatest achievement.”
George Hunka, Burglars singing in the cellar

W.C. Fields rolling up his socks before bed in Man on the Flying Trapeze.

Fields Fest events include W.C. Fields History Walk held Saturday, November 19, 2016, and The Bank Dick (1940) introduced by special guest Dr. Harriet Fields, W.C.’s only granddaughter, at the Cinema Arts Center in Huntington, Long Island, NY on Tuesday, November 22, 2016.

A tribute to
Vitaphone Studios.

TCM celebrates the 90th Anniversary of Vitaphone with a 24-hour tribute beginning at 6 a.m., Monday, December 5, 2016. How to Break 90 #3 Hip Action (1933) is included in a block of shorts with Bobby Jones and W.C. Fields as part of a sampling of future stars. Check the full schedule...

Bobby Jones in backswing.
Bobby Jones in backswing with his famous four leaf clover watch chain representative of his birth on St Patrick's Day. Courtesy of Augusta.com

A celebration of the life and art of W.C. Fields at The Lambs, Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 7:00 p.m., Fields for President.

This event also launches Fields Fest. Dates for additional events through December are posted at TRAVALANCHE by Trav S.D...


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Studio picture.

Taylor Trade Publishes Two Books by W.C. Fields.

TV Talk Show Hosts Conan O'Brien and Dick Cavett to Write Forewords.

Press Release (Guilford, CT, June 2015):
Taylor Trade, an imprint of Globe Pequot, is proud to be bringing back into print two classics by legendary comedian W.C. Fields.

Fields never got around to writing his autobiography, but at his death in 1946, he left behind a vast assortment of notes, outlines, scrapbooks, letters, scripts, scenarios, and photographs. His grandson, Ronald J. Fields, has edited and woven this wealth of material into a unique portrait of “the Great One”—in his own words. The result is W.C. Fields By Himself: His Intended Autobiography with Hitherto Unpublished Letters, Notes, Scripts, and Articles, and Taylor Trade's new edition will have a foreword by Conan O'Brien.

In the wonderful parody Fields for President (978-1-6307-6171-4, February 2016, $12.95 paperback), W.C. Fields announces his candidacy for our nation's highest office. He offers sound advice on a number of topics in classic Fields-style humor in his attempt to win votes. Our new edition has a foreword by Dick Cavett.

About the author:
W.C. Fields was an American comedian, actor, juggler and writer. His career in show business began in vaudeville. Eventually, he began to incorporate comedy into his act and went on to become a star in the Broadway musical Poppy. He had a long and successful career in show business. After his death, his legacy as an entertainer and performer led Woody Allen to dub him one of the six “genuine comic geniuses” in movie history.

About Taylor Trade:
Taylor Trade books tap into a broad range of reader interests, from the Dr. Atkin's Diet series to The Millionaire Next Door. Taylor Entertainment books provide insight into key moments in pop culture history, often written by people who witnessed it first-hand. Taylor Texas books explore both history and current affairs. Taylor Kids publishes high-quality children's books with a particular focus on inviting children to explore nature. Taylor Trade is an imprint of Globe Pequot, trade division of Rowman & Littlefield.