W C Fields Comedy Collection V02 (You're Telling Me!, The Old Fashioned Way, Man on the Flying Trapeze, Poppy, Never Give a Sucker an Even Break)

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Have a Fields day

on 4/16/2007

W.C. Fields was often very understated and dry in his humor (probably the only time "dry" would apply to him) so his films bear repeated viewings. This collection has very good prints and sound, and is very rewarding for Fields fans. The cafe scene in "Never Give a Sucker an Even Break" is a classic, and the whole surreal plot is a fitting last film for the obviously booze-ravaged star. If you enjoyed the Volume 1 collection, Volume 2 is a must.

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WC Fields Rides Again

by Steve Mac on 11/3/2008

Vol 2 continues the excellent collection of high quality copies of 5 more WC Fields movies + 1 extra. The movies seem complete with scenes I don't remember from watching the films on TV. The extra is a copy of a TV show from the '50's saluting WC with scenes from movies not in this set. Highly recommended - high quality at a great price for all WC fans or a good chance to become one.

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Product Overview

Bust open a barrel of laughs with the W.C. Fields Comedy Collection: Volume 2! This five disc set includes some of the best comedy ever put to film in the 1930s and 40s. W.C. Fields stars in You're Telling Me!, The Old Fashioned Way, Man on the Flying Trapeze, Poppy, and Never Give a Sucker an Even Break!


Studio Universal Home Video
SKU 203532117
UPC 025193230621
UPC 14 00025193230621
Format DVD
Release Date 3/20/2007
Editors Note
Note With a wit to rival that of Oscar Wilde, W.C. Fields was a singular comedic talent. No one can pull off drunk and delightful with the alcoholic aplomb Fields possessed in spades. This anthology of his films includes the classics MAN ON THE FLYING TRAPEZE, NEVER GIVE A SUCKER AN EVEN BREAK, POPPY, YOU'RE TELLING ME!, and THE OLD FASHIONED WAY. Fields fans will particularly enjoy the surreal comedy of NEVER GIVE A SUCKER AN EVEN BREAK. The actor plays himself in what turned out to be his last film and some of his best work.
Film Comment "TRAPEZE tops off this collection, but deep diggers may be further rewarded by the more hellzapoppin' highlights of NEVER GIVE A SUCKER AN EVEN BREAK..." 05/01/2007 p.77
Edward Cline
Clyde Bruckman
A. Edward Sutherland
Erle C. Kenton
W.C. Fields
Cast & Crew
A. Edward Sutherland - [Poppy] Director
Adrienne Ames - [Telling] Actor
Baby LeRoy - [Old] Actor
Billy Lenhart - [Never] Actor
Buster Crabbe - [Telling] Actor
Clyde Bruckman - [Man] Director
Edward F. Cline - [Never] Director
Erle C. Kenton - [Telling] Director
Gloria Jean - [Never] Actor
Grady Sutton - [Man] Actor
Granville Bates - [Poppy] Actor
Joan Marsh - [Telling] Actor
Joe Morrison - [Old] Actor
Judith Allen - [Old] Actor
Kathleen Howard - [Man] Actor
Leon Errol - [Never] Actor
Mary Brian - [Man] Actor
Richard Cromwell - [Poppy] Actor
Rochelle Hudson - [Poppy] Actor
W.C. Fields - [All] Actor
William Beaudine - [Old] Director
Technical Info
Catalog ID 61032306
UPC 00025193230621
Number of Discs 5
Running Time 343 minutes
Color B&W
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
ReviewSource Variety
Review [Old] Made to order for W. C. Fields and permitting him to do his old cigar-box juggling among other things, The Old Fashioned Way is light comedy material that will please the Fields followers...Joe Morrison is worked in for songs with suitable spots provided for him during the Drunkard sequence. Morrison's voice registers well and on the love interest he carries himself through satisfactorily. Romantic side of the story [by Charles Bogle (= W.C. Fields)] treated lightly but has its place as fitted in, Judith Allen holding up the other end adequately.
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Fantastic Movie Musings and Ramblings
Review [Telling] I've always been a little disappointed by this W. C. Fields comedy. It's one of those where he places his character in a thoroughly domestic situation, which is actually a very interesting thing to do from a character perspective. The persona of W. C. Fields as a somewhat misanthropic low-life is challenged when he plays a married man; he mainly wants to drink with his friends and to tinker with his inventions, but he's compromised by having to squelch his own personality so that he can get along with his wife and to help his daughter (who he truly loves) to win the man of her dreams. It's a fairly sophisticated type of character comedy, and even though he never plays for sympathy, you care for him.
Reviewer Dave Sindelar
ReviewRating 7
Product Attributes
Actor Fields,W.c.
Label Mca Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews [Never] Refreshingly bizarre.
Sanderson Beck, Movie Mirror [Telling] The antics of W. C. Fields offer comic relief as the snobbery of wealth and class is satirized...
Vadim Rizov, Movie Vault [Old] ...brisk entertainment that's smart and, at the end, full of heart.

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