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Our opening event is a double bill of W.C. Fields comedies with a live welcome from festival director Chris Daniels and insights from the star’s granddaughter, Dr Harriet Fields



Running Wild (1927)* Dir: Gregory La Cava US 67 mins  

A browbeaten Fields gains the courage of a lion thanks to a vaudeville hypnotist in this hilarious early silent comedy. Fields stars as Elmer Finch, a meek accountant nagged by his wife, harassed by his children, and awed by his boss. After he accidentally throws a horseshoe through a window, the cops are on his tail, and a suitably ridiculous chain of events puts him under the thrall of hypnosis, where he believes himself to be a lion. With newly leonine strength he visits all those who shamed and bullied him, and tries to get a raise in the process. RUNNING WILD is a wonderful early example of Fields’ in action and a non-stop laugh riot.   

Pool Sharks (1915) Dir: Edwin Middleton US 11 mins

In Fields’ first on-screen appearance, two romantic rivals play a game of pool for the hand of their lady love. A silent slapstick affair, this short is partly based on Fields’ stage act and was influenced by the comedians of the day, especially Chaplin.

Dr Harriet Fields (W.C. Fields’ champion and granddaughter) introduces each film, and John Sweeney provides live piano accompaniment.

*Mastered in 2K from 35mm film elements preserved by The Library of Congress.

With special thanks to Kino Lorber.

This film is not BBFC Certificated. The festival team suggest parental guidance

For more information on W.C. Fields see www.wcfields.com


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 Continuing our efforts to encourage younger audiences to discover the screen comedy greats of the past

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