The Peregrinations & Pettifoggery of W. C. Fields

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

W. C. Fields' granddaughter, Harriet Fields, and film historian/silent film accompanist Ben Model look back on the life and work of the comic great W. C. Fields.

William Claude Dukenfield (later known as W. C. Fields) was a superb physical comic with a successful career in silent film, as well as a great verbal comedian with a radio and sound film career lasting into the 1940s. The exhibition "The Peregrinations & Pettifoggery of W. C. Fields"  is on display through August 21 at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Visit for a list of films to be screened and schedule. 

Event: Harriett Fields will be in conversation with Steve Massa, and Ben Model will be playing live piano accompaniment  at the screening of "Pool Sharks" and "So’s Your Old Man"
Tuesday, June 8, at 2:30 pm
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium
40 Lincoln Center Plaza
More information and tickets here.

Ben Model will be accompanying silent films for the Museum of Modern Art film series "An Auteurist History of Film."

Ben Model will be playing live piano accompaniment after we meet Tuesday afternoon, June 8, and I will be speaking in a question and answer format with Steve Massa, for the screening of “So’s Your Old Man” at the LPA Tuesday film series


Harriet Fields and Ben Model

Comments [4]

Somewhat disappointing. It has been pretty much established that W.C. was funny. Mr. Lopate should have asked about the drinking and other less atractive aspects of the man, also well established.

Jun. 08 2010 01:26 PM
Mickey Donohue from New York

My Grandmother Delphine used to always greet me with "How's My Little Chickadee?" After she passed away I got a Chickadee tattoo. I love explaining it to people when they ask about it.
My daughter got a video camera for Christmas the year before Grandma passed away and she taped Grandma Del telling her the story about the WC Field line "How's My Little Chickadee?"

Jun. 08 2010 01:19 PM
a g from n j

is it true that he disparagingly reffered to chaplin as that 'dancer ?

Jun. 08 2010 01:14 PM

Love his movies -- am aware of stories re his bigotry. I am looking forward to this segment.

Jun. 08 2010 12:40 PM

Leave a Comment

Email addresses are required but never displayed.

Get the WNYC Morning Brief in your inbox.
We'll send you our top 5 stories every day, plus breaking news and weather.