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Man on the Flying Trapeze

Man on the Flying Trapeze

Man on the Flying Trapeze

1935 / 66min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: CLYDE BRUCKMAN AND W.C. FIELDS

CAST: W.C. FIELDS, MARY BRIAN, KATHLEEN HOWARD, GRADY SUTTON

Q&A with Dr. Harriet Fields, granddaughter of W.C. Fields, and Trav S.D., performer and author of the critically acclaimed No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous.

There has never since been such a pure poem of domestic desperation as the sight of henpecked husband W.C. Fields rolling up his socks before bed in Man on the Flying Trapeze, which Fields stars in as corporate memory expert Ambrose Wolfinger and which he conceived under the pseudonym of Charles Bogle. A steady procession of gags involving wrestling matches, mothers-in-law, and apple-jack fueled rounds of “On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away,” from the fervid mind of this brilliant, bibulous homemade surrealist.

Christmas day marks the 70th Anniversary of W.C. Fields's passing.