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).

Screenings of W.C Fields' You Can't Cheat an Honest Man (1939) are this Saturaday & Sunday, December 28 & 29, 2019 at the Film Forum Jr. for Kids and Parents on Houston Street in NYC.

“The Ping Pong Match” from You Can’t Cheat An Honest Man (1939).

Film Forum 209 West Houston Street, NYC, 10014 Box Office 212-727-8110.

These screenings of W.C. Fields' You Can't Cheat an Honest Man (1939) at the Film Forum's “Classics for Kids and Their Families” begin at 11 a.m. to attract children audiences which they do quite well, in addition parents and fans of all ages too. Introduction includes Dr. Harriet Fields, granddaughter of W.C. Fields.
Tickets are available at Film Forum...

W.C. Fields Honored at the Golden Age of Radio Convention.

The W.C. Fields' program includes radio and film clips of the same era, and rare family photos. Special book signing event with Ronald J. Fields' re-release of W.C. Fields By Himself with new foreword by Conan O’Brien, and grandson Allen Fields' book signing of Fields for President with new foreword by Dick Cavett follows the program.

SPERDVAC (Society to Preserve and Encourage Radio Drama Variety and Comedy) honors W.C. Fields Friday, November 8, 2019 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Costa Mesa, CA, 2:30 p.m.—3:45 p.m. PST.

Please also download and distribute
the “SPERDVAC Convention 2019” flyer.

W.C. Fields Celebration at the National Arts Club, June 27, 2018.

On the first anniversary of the profound Celebration of Comic Genius W.C. Fields at the National Arts Club, Gramercy Park, New York City, we are happy to share the videography. Guests said it was the “best ever....most well attended event” at the historic arts venue whose mission is to provide arts programs to the public.

Created and organized by Dr. Harriet Fields, granddaughter, with panelists Dick Cavett and Prof. Rob King of Columbia University Film Department, Harriet chose some of her favorite film clips, that to her portray the “sweetness and gentleness” of her grandfather.  Introducing the program saying these are portraits of love so needed in the world today—W.C. Fields to the audience and the audience back again to the artist, quoting her grandfather “If I can make them laugh and through that laughter make this old world seem just a little brighter, then I am satisfied”.

See the press release and program leaflet for panelists' bios and information about The National Arts Club.

Candid photo of Dr. Harriet Fields sitting and speaking into the microphone while holding up a picture of her grandfather.
Dr. Harriet Fields introducing Program.
Candid photo of Harriet talking with panelists sitting at a table with microphones.
Panelists – Dr. Harriet Fields, Dick Cavett, Prof. Rob King of Columbia University Film Dept.
Candid photo of Dick Cavett sitting at a table signing a book with two people standing and leaning over to watch him.
Dick Cavett signing his foreword to W.C. Fields own Fields for President, re-issue 2016.
Candid photo of Rob Klein watching the program in the audience.
Rob Klein entertainment Icon.
Panelists standing for a group photo.
Panelists – Dr. Harriet Fields, Dick Cavett, Prof. Rob King.

A Celebration of COMIC GENIUS W.C. FIELDS at The National Arts Club in historic Gramercy Park, New York City, June 27, 2018 at 8 p.m. Including film clips and discussion panel with Dick Cavett entertainment icon, Dr Harriet Fields granddaughter, and Rob King film professor at Columbia University with expertise in early film and comedy. Special book signing after, for Dick Cavett’s foreword to W.C. Fields own Fields for President, re-issue 2016.

Program Agenda

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

Panel Discussion
It’s A Gift
Fatal Glass of Beer
The Dentist

Panel Discussion
The Pharmacist
You're Telling Me

Panel Discussion
Six of a Kind
David Copperfield

Panel Discussion

Fields for President by W.C. Fields with foreword by DICK CAVETT (2016)

See the press release and program leaflet for panelists' bios and information about The National Arts Club. Sorry, this event is currently AT CAPACITY. Please check back for post-event news.