W.C. Fields: Man on the Flying Trapeze

Perhaps one of the most unlikely Hollywood stars of the 20th century, W.C. Fields' rise from burlesque juggler to international stardom is a remarkable piece of cinematic lore. To celebrate the W.C Fields Season at BFI Southbank, writer Simon Louvish gives a comprehensive introduction to one of Hollywood’s most intriguing characters. Encompassing his early career in the vaudeville theatres, his troubled personal relationships with his wife and son, and the problems he encountered with the censorship office, this illustrated lecture reveals a great deal about the troubled man behind the comedic persona.


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