W.c. Fields From The Ziegfeld Follies And Broadway Stage To The Screen: Becoming A Character Comedian by Arthur Frank WertheimW.c. Fields From The Ziegfeld Follies And Broadway Stage To The Screen: Becoming A Character Comedian by Arthur Frank Wertheim

W.c. Fields From The Ziegfeld Follies And Broadway Stage To The Screen: Becoming A Character…

byArthur Frank Wertheim

Hardcover | January 18, 2017

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This book reveals how Fields became a character comedian while performing in Broadway's most illustrious revue, the Ziegfeld Follies.

As the first biography to use the recently opened Fields Papers at the Motion Picture Academy, the book explores how Fields years as a Follies entertainer portraying a beleaguered husband and a captivating conman became a landmark turning point in his career, leading to his fame as a masterful film comedian. The book also untangles a web of mysteries about Fields's turbulent private life, from the heartrending stories about the tragic relationship with his calculating wife who refused to divorce him, to his estranged son controlled by his mother, to the seven-year extra-marital affair with a chorus girl that led to the birth of an unwanted child.

This electrifying saga illuminates a complex dual personality, whirling from tenderness to brusqueness, who endured so much anguish in order to bring the gift of laughter to millions. Although vilified by Ziegfeld and assailed by demons, Fields survived the cutthroat rigors of Broadway show biz to become a legendary American iconoclast and cultural icon.
Arthur Frank Wertheim is the author of  W. C. Fields from Burlesque and Vaudeville to Broadway: Becoming a Comedian (2014). The first volume of  a three-part series on the comedian's life and career, it has already been hailed as the definitive biography of a famous American comic iconoclast and cultural icon.He has also written severa...
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Title:W.c. Fields From The Ziegfeld Follies And Broadway Stage To The Screen: Becoming A Character…Format:HardcoverDimensions:270 pagesPublished:January 18, 2017Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:134994985X

ISBN - 13:9781349949854

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Table of Contents

Introduction.- Prologue. Becoming a Character Comedian.- Part I. 1915 - A Momentous Year.- 1. Confronting Florenz Ziegfeld.- 2. Pool Sharks and His Lordship's Dilemma.- Part II. The Beleagered Sportsman.- 3. Spoofing Croquet.- 4. Lampooning Tennis.- 5. The Frustrated Duffer.- Part III. Entr'actes.- 6. The Three Musketeers.- 7.  Bessie and Hattie.- 8. Fields's Well Never Went Dry.- 9. From the Midnight Frolic to the Front Lines.- Part IV. Lampooning the Dysfuntional Family.- 10.  The Flivertons.- 11. The Breakup with Ziegfeld.- Part V. Broadway Stardom.- 12. Oh, what a Scandal!.- 13. "Confidence Man of the Ages".- 14. Two Legendary Iconolasts Converge.- 15. The Comic Supplement.- 16. A Follies Farewell.- Epilogue. Fields Encounters D. W. Griffith.- Appendix. The Ziegfeld Mystique.