Gary Shapiro, Co-Chair of The National Arts Club Film Committee
Background context – Dr. Harriet Fields
W.C. FIELDS' FILM CLIPS with Panelists' Discussion
Old Fashioned Way – Juggling scene
Man on the Flying Trapeze
It’s A Gift
Fatal Glass of Beer
You're Telling Me
Six of a Kind
BOOK SIGNING with DICK CAVETT
Fields for President by W.C. Fields with foreword by DICK CAVETT (2016)
“The front cover was unique and expensive, featuring an array of the Beatles idols, mostly Americans, including W. C. Fields, Dion, Dylan, Brando, Shirley Temple, Marilyn Monroe, Laurel & Hardy, Edgar Allan Poe and Mae West. Other figures, such as Gandhi, Oscar Wilde or Lewis Carroll, had enduring influences on the Beatles' social and artistic developments.” Read more by Alexander E. Hooke...
“They rejected any generation gap. The album cover set the 1967 Beatles, with their mustaches and shiny mock band uniforms, alongside their suited, mop-topped pop-star wax statues—so recent, yet so distant—and cultural figures like Karlheinz Stockhausen, Sonny Liston and W. C. Fields, a rightful claim to adult significance. But the LP was also packaged with cardboard cutouts—a mustache, military stripes—like something for children. While the Summer of Love nurtured hippie dreams of creating a new world, the Beatles reminded listeners of how entrenched the old one was, and how comforting.” Read more by Jon Pareles...