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October 13, 2005



I love this film, but my crappy old VHS of it is in storage somewhere - thanks for alerting me to the fact that it's out on DVD.


He was also one of the finest jugglers that ever lived

Chris T.

For me, the must-see film in the Fields canon is "It's A Gift", referenced during a Sopranos episode a few seasons back: "Open the door for Mr. Muckle!" Check the IMDB listing: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0025318/plotsummary

Krys O.

"International House" is one of my favorites to. It's got a "Casino Royale" surreal feel.Check out "Million Dollar Legs" also with Mr. Fields: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0023225/ and the films of Wheeler & Woolsey: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0941298/.

Dave the Spazz

It's A Gift is the best (and funniest) movie ever made.

"Carl LaFong!"

 Wife Elisabeth

I bought the DVD set on the basis of "It's A Gift" and so the fabulousness of "International House" was a real added bonus.
By the way, the great W.C. is sandwiched between Stockhausen and Carl Jung on the Sgt. Pepper's album cover.

Cranky Media Guy

Yes, It's A Gift is great. I like The Man On The Flying Trapeze equally, though. You'll think I'm nuts, but I actually tear up a bit when I think of those two movies; Fields' character in both of them is WAY more sympathetic than the way we usually think of Fields. The characters have their flaws, but they're average people trying to make their way in a world that seems to have it out for them.

Besides, how can you NOT like a movie ("Flying Trapeze") which features a professional wrestler named Hokalaka Meshobabb [sp?]?

Carl LaFong

do not miss "It's A Gift". and highly recommended: Bob Weide's documentary "W.C. Fields Straight Up" (now available on dvd).


ah, yes...I share your trepidation to disappear down a woodchuck's hole of "old-timey" ness, but that likely stems from time spent in A CERTAIN METROPOLITAN AREA where people go to great efforts to affect an old-timey demeanor. (Bristle) You gotta remember though, these people were being thouroughly modern in their time...

Dave the Spazz

Hey Cranky Media Guy

Man on the Flying Trapeze is the second funniest movie ever made. And you know who plays wrestler Hokalaka Meshobabb? None other than future Ed Wood, Jr. megastar Tor Johnson!


Question, in one of W C Fields movies he is shown driving a very small car inside a hotel. The car is seen going down the stairs and through the halls. Can anyone tell me the name of the movie. By the way the car was an American Austin.


International House is great -- any movie with Colonel Stoopnagle in it is alright by me. Allegedly the Fleischer Brothers animated a bouncing-ball sing-along video called "Stoopnocracy Is Peachy," but I've never been able to find it.


Regarding Gene's question, the little car is in International House.

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