Saturday, December 10, 1:30pm: “W.C. Fields in Astoria: The Paramount Silents”
Many people know that W.C. Fields had one of the most distinctive speaking voices of the classic comedy era. What they may not realize is that prior to the advent of talking pictures, Fields was a SILENT comedy star. From 1924 through 1928 he appeared in ten Paramount features filmed at that studio’s Astoria Queens facility. In this illustrated talk author and lecturer Trav S.D. takes you up close to this lesser known stretch of the Great Man’s career, and shows how much of Fields’ silent work presaged his better known talkies.
At Greater Astoria Historical Society, the Quinn Building, 35-20 Broadway, 4th Floor, Queens: www.astorialic.org