IT’S A GIFT
1934, Universal, 73 min, USA, Dir: Norman Z. McLeod

Considered by some to be the Great Man’s greatest film, this short, sweet W.C. Fields vehicle is little more than a series of zany sketches loosely tied to his desire to move to California and grow oranges. Includes the legendary "Mr. Muckle" and "Carl LaFong" scenes, as well as the hanging mirror and sleeping porch routines. Jean Rouverol, who co-wrote THE FIRST TIME, plays Fields’ daughter.


MY LITTLE CHICKADEE
1940, Universal, 83 min, USA, Dir: Edward F. Cline

In one of the most ingenious - and strange - pairings in comedy history, cranky misanthrope W.C. Fields meets his match in the sassy Mae West. Their Old West hijinks made this one of the most successful movies of its year (behind 1939 holdover GONE WITH THE WIND), and it remains a classic of sly double entendres.


POPPY
1936, Universal, 73 min, Dir: A. Edward Sutherland

Snake-oil salesman Eustace McGargle (the riotous W.C. Fields) is a con artist who must always stay two steps ahead of the local sheriff, which is particularly difficult given Eustace's undying devotion to his daughter, Poppy (Rochelle Hudson).


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