A FLASK OF FIELDS: W.C. FIELDS' GREATEST COMEDIES

William Claude Dukenfield, aka W. C. Fields, was the master of misanthropic comedy, whose lovable drunk loathed kids, dogs and just about everything else and yet managed to do so with little bitterness, appealing to young and old alike. An international star on the vaudeville circuit, Fields transitioned to radio and sound films, with his trademark drawl and grandiose dialogue, captivating audiences who could relate to (and laugh along with) his battles with everyday life in his movies. The Heights is proud to present four of Fields' best comedies, all on 35mm!

"IT'S A GIFT"

March 14, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

35MM PRESENTATION

When small town grocer Harold Bissonette inherits some money, he buys an orange grove in California, packs up his henpecking wife and annoying kids and heads west, only to find outrageous misfortune. One of Fields' greatest expressions of his beleaguered everyman, It's A Gift showcases several comic routines he perfected in vaudeville.

35mm print courtesy Universal Pictures.


"YOU'RE TELLING ME"

March 21, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

35MM PRESENTATION

Poor Sam Bisbee: this good-hearted inventor/optometrist just wants to live his life in peace and be himself. But his wife is embarrassed by him, and his loving daughter is engaged to a man whose family loathes the uncouth Busbees, and when his business fails, it takes a surprise princess to set things right. As in every Fields' film, the sarcastic but lovable everyman endures despite life throwing monkey wrenches into his works.

35mm print courtesy Universal Pictures.


"THE MAN ON THE FLYING TRAPEZE"

March 28, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

35MM PRESENTATION

Fields' Ambrose Wolfinger has the job of a lifetime: as a "memory expert" tasked with remembering details about everyone his boss meets with and help keep the business afloat. Freeloading onto Wolfinger are his henpecking wife, mother-and brother-in-law, though he lives to support his loving daughter. Simply trying to take an afternoon off to see a wrestling match, he spins an outrageous web of deception, setting off a chain of events that almost kill Ambrose, end his marriage and destroy the company, until his daughter prevails in this gut-busting comedy. One of Field's greatest films!

35mm print courtesy Universal Pictures.


"YOU CAN'T CHEAT AN HONEST MAN"

April 4, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

35MM PRESENTATION

Larsen E. Whipsnade is the owner of a failing circus, struggling week-after-week to pay the bills. His daughter is in love Edgar Bergen, on hand with his smart aleck dummy Charlie McCarthy, but sets aside her feelings to woo a dopey millionaire to keep her father solvent. Fields' Whipsnade is a growling, grumbling drunk whose whose run ins with poison tongued Charlie McCarthy are the highlight of this uproarious film filled with jokes, gags, and slapstick.

35mm print courtesy Universal Pictures.