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W.C. Fields—In Africa

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • November 7, 2012 10:52 AM
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I don’t know how many young people are aware of the great W.C. Fields, but they ought to be. Two years ago, Zach Galifianakis wrote on his MySpace page, “Influences – my family, my friends and wc fields…” Contemporary comedy guru Judd Apatow has said, “W.C. Fields is the funniest guy of everybody, ever.” When Conan O’Brien was asked by James Lipton, “Who makes you laugh?” he replied, “W.C. Fields I think is maybe the funniest man that ever lived.”

Real & Faux Silent Footage Worth Watching

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 21, 2012 2:27 PM
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  • 15 Comments
YouTube has unearthed a treasure trove of film footage, aside from videos of cats roller-skating: precious moments of W.C. Fields on Broadway, The Three Stooges fooling around in Atlantic City, and a contemporary comedy short that predates 'The Artist' in its attempt to replicate the silent era.

Movies: The Cure For What Ails You

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • November 23, 2009 4:56 AM
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I’ve been in the grip of a bad cold for almost two weeks; I somehow manage to get my most important work done and then I go to sleep every day. By Wednesday afternoon I was so frustrated—tired but restless at the same time—I decided I couldn’t stare at the wall (or my computer) any longer. So I did what I’ve always done when I’m at odds or feeling low: I went to the movies. I’d missed screenings of Pirate Radio and it looked interesting, so that’s what...

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