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4.0 out of 5 stars "Godfrey Daniel"Again, 24 Sept. 2007
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This review is from: Wc Fields Comedy Collection 2 [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Another smashing boxset,this is slightly more consistent than vol 1 without having a stand alone masterpiece.

You're Telling Me(1934)Charming remake of Fields silent So's Your Old Man
casts Fields as Sam Bisbee a small town failed inventor who receives support from an unexpected benefactor in the shape of a visiting foreign princess.The famous golf routine gets an airing here but the sequences when he rolls his "unbreakable "tyre down the street and then proceeds to demonstrate said tyres' durability are hilarious.

The Old Fashioned Way(1934)Hilarious film has Fields as the manager of a travelling vaudeville troupe which goes from town to town performing The Drunkard and leaving a trail of unpaid bills in their wake.However at their newest port of call they find a possible patron in the shape of Cleopatra Pepperday who is prepared to bankroll the whole enterprise just so long as she gets a part.Her audition is very funny as to is Fields' romancing of said lady.Add in Baby LeRoy at the dinner table and Fields' legendary juggling skills at the finale and you have a comic gem on your hands.

Man On The Flying Trapeze(1935)Slight Fields comedy has him as a memory man whose ability to get of tight scrapes drives those close to him potty.The sequence where he gets four traffic tickets in a row is pretty funny.

Poppy(1936)Remake of the classic silent Sally Of The Sawdust has Fields as medicine salesman Eustace McGargle a chancer who never gives a sucker an even break .Holds up pretty well but is a little too sentimental in places for my taste.

Never Give A Sucker An Even Break(1941)His last hit is slow to start but becomes increasingly insane and hilarious.Fields playing himself is trying to green light a script he has written but exasperated studio boss Franklin Pangborn won't have any of it.Cue utter nonsense as we see the script being played out in front of us with Fields as some sort of adventurer jumping out of planes(going after a gin bottle.),serenading women on top of a mountain etc.Not for all tastes and somewhat Marx brothers in tone this is way ahead of it's time.

Good presentation again with a nice vintage documentary and subtitles on all the features.
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5.0 out of 5 stars W.C Fields Comedy Collection Vol 2, 5 Mar. 2014
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If you are a Fields fan this set is a must as well as the volume 1 it is companion to. Again, it's great if you are a fan of nostalgia as this is the kind of film which is just no longer made. And W.C. Fields was such a genuine original in his style.
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