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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.
Good movie of its time. Old jokes, old lines, cheesy acting. Yet some of those one liners can still crack you up. This is a good Sunday family movie.Published 26 days ago by Jeff Mathews
Poorly made! One of the discs keeps freezing on both sides, so I am unable to watch 2 of the movies! Not a good purchase!Published 1 month ago by Rocco
When I was a little girl, I fell in love with Mae West movies and wanted to grow up to be like her. I memorized her one liners and would pretend to be her. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Pammy