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  • Actors: W.C. Fields
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 10
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Dec. 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VB4ZT0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,093 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A collection of films by the popular 1930s comedian. In 'Big Broadcast of 1938', Fields plays T.F. Bellows, owner of an ocean liner who challenges his rival to a race. In 'The Bank Dick (1940), Egbert Souse (Fields) is a henpecked husband who lands a job as a bank guard, only to try embezzling his employers. In 'You Can't Cheat an Honest Man' (1939), Fields plays Larson E. Whipsnade, owner of a seedy circus perpetually in debt. In 'My Little Chickadee' (1940), Fields is Cuthbert J.Twillie, inveterate western con-man, installed as sheriff by town boss Jeff Badger (Joseph Calleia). In 'Man on the Flying Trapeze' (1935), hard-working, henpecked Ambrose Ambrose Wolfinger (Fields) takes off from work to go to a wrestling match with catastrophic consequences. In 'Mrs Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch' (1934), Fields plays the neighbour of down-at-heel Mrs Wiggs, who's family is suffering through the depression. In 'The Old Fashioned Way' (1934), a penniless travelling theatre troupe fights to put on a production of 'The Drunkard'. In 'You're Telling Me!' (1934), Sam Bisbee (Fields), a hard-drinking, socially-awkward inventor, wrecks his daughter's chances of marriage into a rich family and bungles his own chances of success by selling one of his more practical inventions. In 'Six of a Kind' (1934), the unsuspecting targets of a robbery end up being arrested by Nuggetville Sheriff 'Honest John' Hoxley (Fields). In 'International House' (1933), Professor Henry Quail (Fields) and a cast of wacky characters converge on a Chinese hotel to bid on a new invention...television. In 'Million Dollar Legs' (1932), Fields plays the President of a small country on the verge of bankruptcy that decides to enter the Olympics. In 'If I Had a Million' (1932), a dying tycoon decides to give million-dollar handouts to eight people picked from the phone book. In Mississippi' (1935), Fields plays a riverboat singer lauded as a gunslinger after his opponent accidentally shoots himself. In 'Poppy' (1936), snake-oil salesman Eustace McGargle (Fields) will do anything for his cherished daughter. In 'Never Give a Sucker an Even Break' (1941), Fields travels to Mexico to woo Mrs Hemogloben (Margaret Dumont), and hopefully sell a story to a film studio. In 'It's a Gift' (1934), a henpecked New Jersey grocer (Fields) makes plans to move to California to grow oranges, despite the resistance of his overbearing wife. In 'Alice in Wonderland' (1933), Fields plays 'Humpty Dumpty' in the Lewis Carroll classic. Finally, in 'Tillie and Gus' (1933) Augustus Winterbottom (Fields) has to win a boat race against rival Phineas Pratt (Clarence Wilson) to stop him claiming a ferry franchise.

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A fantastic collection of films starring the unforgettable comedic actor (and juggler!) W.C. Fields. Contains My Little Chickadee, Never Give a Sucker an Even Break, It's A Gift, You're Telling Me, Man on the Flying Trapeze, The Old Fashioned Way, Poppy, You Can't Cheat An Honest Man, Six of a Kind, The Bank Dick, Follow The Boys, International House, Million Dollar Legs, Mississippi, The Big Broadcast of 1938, Tillie and Gus, If I Had A Million.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By David Wicks on 8 Sept. 2009
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What a treasure! Stumbled across this set by sheer chance on the UK website and what a find! 17 beautifully restored Fields vehicles, every one a gem ... (well, OK, "Follow the Boys" is a bit of a stretch, but there's Bill with his classic pool routine and you can almost hear him say as he exits, "let 'em top THAT with CGI in 60 years!!!".) Now there's only a few of Fields' movies to surface on DVD - "Alice in Wonderland", "Her Majesty Love", "Mrs Wiggs...", "Song of the Open Road" and "Sensations of 1945". Please Paramount & Universal - don't let it be too much longer.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By V. Goddard on 4 April 2010
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'Fit for man nor beast' - a phrase trotted out by my husband when bad weather loomed. Now I know where the line comes from! (The Fatal Glass of Beer)
This selection of classic WC Fields films is second to none; his antics with props is inspirational and the scripts are extremely funny.
The sound quality is poor, but notching up the volume button addresses that issue and the picture quality is astounding on such old films.
A great buy.
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78 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Coloratura on 28 Jan. 2008
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Amazon.co.uk's description of this item includes MRS. WIGGS OF THE CABBAGE PATCH and ALICE IN WONDERLAND as part of this outstanding box set. Alas, neither are present -- and all of the discs here are double features except for two, which would have accomodated the MIA titles handsomely. This is just to warn those prospective buyers who might have sprung for this set to obtain one or the other. That problem aside, the set is beautifully designed and the films themselves look and sound splendid. A wonderful opportunity to discover or rediscover one of the movies' greatest funny men.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Henry Gross on 27 July 2009
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This is my second review of this box set. It seems that several of these films will most likely never be released on DVD in the USA. W.C. Fields movies are undeniably among the greatest comedies ever filmed. I find nuances I previously missed in his performances to this day. His mutterings are masterful! So I paraphrase the great man for all my dear friends in the UK: "You were lucky and you didn't know it!" Buy this box set ASAP. Or steal one if you can. As Fields said: "A thing worth having is worth cheating for!" Rock on! Henry Gross
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Pd Kyriacou on 14 Feb. 2009
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I was on You Tube and suddenly remembered a clip I had seen on T.V of The Great W.C.Fields when I was young. I'd never seen any of his work before or since and I didn't know the name of the feature. So I typed W.C.Fields into You Tube and low and behold I found the clip, it was the "Honest John" scene in 'Six of a Kind'. I laughed until I cried at this clip, I immedietly wanted more, I started searching on Amazon and found this collection.

I was not dissapointed, it contains his greatest feature films, all of which are a joy, in particular, 'It's a Gift', 'The Bank Dick' and 'Man On The Flying Trapeze'. This set is beautifully presented, the films are eloquently remasted in picture and sound, and are hilarious from start to finish.

I am a huge fan of the early comedians even though I'm only 22 but among my favourites such as Laurel and Hardy, The Marx Brothers and Buster Keaton, W.C Fields is right up there with them, and so he should be. Fields was a creation unlike any other before and since.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By flyinghyphen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 May 2009
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A fantastic collection of films starring the unforgettable comedic actor (and juggler!) W.C. Fields. Contains My Little Chickadee, Never Give a Sucker an Even Break, It's A Gift, You're Telling Me, Man on the Flying Trapeze, The Old Fashioned Way, Poppy, You Can't Cheat An Honest Man, Six of a Kind, The Bank Dick, Follow The Boys, International House, Million Dollar Legs, Mississippi, The Big Broadcast of 1938, Tillie and Gus, If I Had A Million.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Fiction Fan on 15 Nov. 2009
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W C Fields was a unique comedy performer from the early Hollywood era, playing the wisecracking semi-drunken eccentric in a wide range of starring vehicles. Many of them are semi-legendary now (all on this wonderful Universal collection) and it's certainly true that these films still raise plenty of laughs after all this time. They may be in black and white and lack CGI effects but they have great actors, writing and performances. First out of the box for me was Six of a Kind - with George and Gracie Burns, directed by the marvellous Leo McCarey. Thoroughly enjoyable (and my kids liked it too). Catch it while you can - an early Hollywood great, along with Laurel & Hardy, Harold Lloyd and Buster Keaton.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alexander S. Carter on 15 Nov. 2010
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The W C Fields collection is, if you are a fan of the great man, well worth having. Films like "It's a Gift", "The Man on the Flying Trapeze", "The Bank Dick", "If I had a Million" and "The Old Fashioned Way" are timeless classics. And the others though variable are still worth a look. The character played by Fields, though similar to a degree throughout, is well developed. Though he is always harassed by salesmen, wives, mother-in-laws etc etc and seeks consolation in a "drop" he gains the sympathy of the viewer. As an actor/comedian Fields was a consummate artist. His timing of the gags and in the situations he finds himself is prefect. Nothing appears forced. All just flows in a leisurely fashion. On the DVDs: overall the collection, considering the age of the original material, is very good. Some are a little grainy, but all are clean. I consider my purchase of the W C Fields collection to be money well spent. I now have at my finger tips hours of laughter and can sit in awe at the skill of one of the greatest comedians that ever walked upon the silver screen.

Alexander S Carter
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