The Peregrinations and Pettifoggery of W.C. Fields

Opening today (through August 21) at the New York Public Library Performing Arts Branch is this swell exhibition and film screening series The Peregrinations and Pettifoggery of W.C. Fields. NYPL has boatloads of Fields ephemera, playbills, clippings, photos, etc, much of which I waded through when researching No Applause. (Interestingly, they make you wear Fields-like white gloves when you handle the research materials).  My pal Steve Massa helped curate the film series (schedule below), and for more info on the overall exhibition, go here.

Tuesday, June 1 at 2:30 pm
SALLY OF THE SAWDUST (1925)

Tuesday, June 8 at 2:30 pm
POOL SHARKS (1915)
SO’S YOUR OLD MAN (1926)
Silent films with accompaniment by Ben Model

Tuesday, June 15 at 2:30 pm
THE GOLF SPECIALIST (1930)
RUNNING WILD (1927)

Tuesday, June 22 at 2:30 pm
THE DENTIST (1932)
YOU’RE TELLING ME (1934)

Tuesday, June 29 at 2:30 pm
IT’S A GIFT (1934)

Tuesday, July 6 at 2:30 pm
THE FATAL GLASS OF BEER (1933)
THE BANK DICK (’40)

6 comments

  1. I am planning on seeing the show tomorrow. I was hoping you might have a review. although I am sure NYPL has a lot of great material, according to their website, “The exhibition, organized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, draws on a remarkable trove of personal memorabilia, donated to the Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library.” Should be interesting. I will look forward to hearing your take.

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    • You bet! thanks for reading, gary. btw, when is is george white’s birthday? I’ll definitely do a shoutout to him on that day, but havent been able tol learn the date

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