W.C. Fields' So's Your Old Man (1926) featured this Saturday with special guest speaker Dr. Harriet Fields, granddaughter of W.C. Fields, January 11, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. at The Silent Clowns Film Series, Bruno Walter Auditorium, Library for the Performing Arts in NYC.

Poster of So's Your Old Man with Kenneth Murchison wispering to Samuel Bisbee as a parrot squaks near them.
The Silent Clowns logo.

When anyone thinks of W.C. Fields they immediately hear his nasal drawl and muttered asides, but Fields made his first movies in the silent era. We are happy to present this rare 1926 feature, the silent comedy So's Your Old Man. Filmed at Paramount’s Long Island Studio and today’s Kaufman-Astoria Studio, the picture contains lots of Queens locations, as well as Fields’ famous Ziegfeld Follies golf routine. The program opens with W.C.’s film debut Pool Sharks (1915). The films will be presented in the 16 mm format.

The Bruno Walter Auditorium is located at 111 Amsterdam Avenue, between West 63rd and West 64th Streets, at the back of Lincoln Center.

Film still showing the Pool Shark missing a finger and the Pool Adversary feeling for it in his mouth.
W.C. Fields (The Pool Shark) and Larry Westford (Pool Adversary) in Pool Sharks (1915).

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 The result is W.C. Fields By Himself: His Intended Autobiography with Hitherto Unpublished Letters, Notes, Scripts, and Articles, and Taylor Trade's new edition will have a foreword by Conan O'Brien.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.