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It's a Gift (1934) is a remake of Fields's 1926 silent It's the Old Army Game, and was the first sound feature devoted to Fields's inimitable talent. As beleaguered husband and would-be orange farmer, Fields revives vintage routines from Vaudeville and Broadway, and his first encounter with Baby LeRoy is comedy gold. You Can't Cheat an Honest Man (1939) features Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy and Fields's classic, still-hilarious ping-pong routine, while 1940's My Little Chickadee matches Fields (as "Guthbert J. Twillie") with Mae West, whose unforgettable on-screen banter with Fields shows no sign of their notorious off-screen animosity. In his raucous masterpiece The Bank Dick (also 1940), Fields is "Egbert Souse," lowly bank guard, unlikely hero, and manic driver in perhaps the greatest slapstick car-chase scene ever filmed. Despite the regrettable absence of Fields's final starring feature Never Give a Sucker an Even Break, this classy five-disc set is a veritable cornucopia of comedy, offering ample proof of Fields's comic genius through classic one-liners, physical routines, memorable costars, and perfect bits of business that never grow old. --Jeff Shannon
From the time I received the set, I was in love with the collection before even watching the first disc.
Perhaps 3 more collections can come out making enough room in each of the collections for movies like this where Fields only had a part in them.
Mae West and W.C. Fields fans will love this film; and fans of classic movies in general will also enjoy this movie.
W.C. Field is not everyone's cup of tea. I like his humor because it is so honest and one of he best movies he ever made and which is a part of this set is great fun.Published 4 days ago by Robert H. Boyer
if you love fields' brand of humor, this dvd is the man at the height of his power. definitely his best work.Published 8 days ago by mosby
Even if you are not a movie buff make sure you see Mae West. It is not entertainment, it is a social study of the period. The modern feminists will learn something from her. Read morePublished 13 days ago by S. G. Polychronopoulos