W.C. Fields in “Janice Meredith”

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Fields (as I bet you’ve never seen him ) with star Marion Davies

Janice Meredith (1924) was W.C. Fields return to the big screen after nearly a decade hiatus. So insignificant were his first two films considered that this feature was touted as his cinematic debut. But in the wake of his Broadway smash Poppy, Fields’s stock had gone up again in the film industry, and so he was given a cameo in this Revolutionary War romance starring William Randolph Hearsts’s paramour and pet project Marion Davies. Fields is the only comic relief in this 2.5 hour long silent feature, as a drunken, gluttonous British sergeant who is guarding Davies’ jailed lover. You can watch it! Just go here. 

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