There is no instance in the human condition we cannot find some solace in the humor of W.C. Fields.
W.C. Fields speaks truth to authority with dignity, respect, and kindness. He fights for the underdog, the common person. Bottom line, W.C. Fields made and makes the world laugh—the best medicine of all.
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.
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”.