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W.C. Fields and Me (1976)

W.C. Fields is an American original, the curmudgeonly master of wit and good, mean fun.

Director:

Arthur Hiller

Writers:

Bob Merrill, Carlotta Monti (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rod Steiger ... W.C. Fields
Valerie Perrine ... Carlotta Monti
John Marley ... Studio Head Bannerman
Jack Cassidy ... John Barrymore
Bernadette Peters ... Melody
Dana Elcar ... Agent Dockstedter
Paul Stewart ... Florenz Ziegfeld
Billy Barty ... Ludwig
Allan Arbus ... Gregory LaCava
Milt Kamen Milt Kamen ... Dave Chasen
Louis Zorich ... Gene Fowler
Andrew Parks ... Claude Fields
Linda Purl ... Ingenue
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W.C. Fields is an American original, the curmudgeonly master of wit and good, mean fun.

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Even a man who hates children and dogs has to love someone. See more »

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Biography | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1976 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Frenesi de Glória See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When gossip columnist Rex Reed visited the set, he found leading lady Valerie Perrine morose in her trailer. "'Lenny' was a fun set. This one isn't. I wish I was back working again with Bobby (Fosse) and Dusty (Hoffman)." See more »

Goofs

The siren of the ambulance transporting W.C. Fields to the hospital is a modern electronic version, not the air driven type that would have been in use in the forties when he last lived. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream (2005) See more »

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Ex-Cinema Projectionist = Loved Screening this Movie in Season
11 July 2014 | by john-4950See all my reviews

I was at a favorite Second-Hand goods store last week, and upon finding a copy of the book "W.C. Fields & Me" By Carlotta Monti with Cy Rice, I snapped up the hard-cover copy, there and then. When this film was in it's Original release in Melbourne, Australia at the cinema I worked at as Projectionist, I had the pleasure to screen this Movie Two Sessions a Day - for it's Original run - and Loved Screening each and every session including it's accompanying suitable Musical score that plays in the background as the film UN-spools. I have been hoping against hope, that One day I can get my own Blu-Ray or DVD Copy of "W.C. Fields & Me", as I believe Rod Steiger did an excellent recreation of the character of Fields. Dear reader, to get a better knowledge of the Life that W.C.Fields had led up to the point where the Film begins from, I would recommend Movie Fans get their hands on some of the Biographical Books detailing the earlier life of Fields, from say his earliest Teenage years through to where the film takes up from, I assure you will get far-more from this Movie, if you make that effort. The stunning Valerie Perrine who features in the film as Carlotta Monti, tends to bring balance to the film as it rolls along to a memorable ending, at least it is memorable for me, in more ways than one, I cannot tell you more, as that would spoil the film for you, and I love this film too much to do that. Here is hoping Universal will release this "soon" with the Best Quality available, to all fans of this forgotten Gem of a Movie. There is only one more Movie Starring W.C. Fields I need to complete my W.C. Fields Movie Collection, and that is the Film with W.C. Fields and Zasu Pitts of "Mrs Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch" 1934,( but not the 1940s Faye Bainter Version ) Both movies = Comedy and Tear-Jerker all in one movie, Highly recommended to all W.C. Fields aficionados...If any fans can help me with this I could love you forever...


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