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The Peregrinations & Pettifoggery of W.C. Fields



The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts presents a Spring and Summer tribute to the great vaudeville, revue, silent film, and sound film comedian. On display in the Vincent Astor Gallery is a unique exhibition organized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Beverly Hills. It features posters, photographs, correspondence, and a trove of memorabilia from the Fields family. Visitors will be able to discover Fields's amazing juggling and billiards acts, view his drawings of colleagues, and hear his distinctive voice by listening to his radio broadcasts. On Tuesday afternoons in June and July, LPA will present It's a Gift: W. C. Fields in the Movies, featuring his silent and sound films (see below for schedule). For additional information on this larger-than-life character and his memorable characterizations, visit



Tuesdays at 2:30 p.m. in the Bruno Walter Auditorium
June 1
Sally of the Sawdust
1925, 113 minutes
Directed by D. W. Griffith
Silent film with music score
June 8
Pool Sharks
1915, 15 minutes
Directed by Edwin Middleton
So’s Your Old Man
1926, 67 minutes
Directed by Gregory La Cava
Silent films with musical accompaniment by Ben Model
The Golf Specialist
1930, 20 minutes
Directed by Monte Brice
Running Wild
1927, 68 minutes
Directed by Gregory La Cava
Silent film with music score
The Dentist
1932, 21 minutes
Directed by Leslie Pearce
You’re Telling Me
1934, 66 minutes
Directed by Erle C. Kenton
It’s a Gift
1934, 68 minutes
Directed by Norman Z. McLeod
The Fatal Glass of Beer
1933, 21 minutes
Directed by Clyde Bruckman
The Bank Dick
1940, 72 minutes
Directed by Edward F. Cline