Sat Dec 10 2016, 1:30 pm
Many people know that W.C. Fields had one of the most distinctive speaking voices of the classic comedy era.
What they may not realize is that prior to the advent of talking pictures, Fields was a SILENT comedy star.
From 1924 through 1928 he appeared in ten Paramount features filmed at that studio’s Astoria Queens facility.
In this illustrated talk author and lecturer Trav S.D. takes you up close to this lesser known stretch of the Great Man’s career, and shows how much of Fields’ silent work presaged his better known talkies.
It’s all part of Fields Fest, a six week celebration of the life and art of W.C. Fields, in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of his death.
Free of GAHS members – $5 for non-members.
More on Fields Fest:
Trav S.D. is the author of the books “No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous” and “Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube”.
Read him daily on Travalanche (travsd.wordpress.com).
He is proud to be giving his third talk at the Greater Astoria Historical Society
This program is supported by public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.
Additional support provided by the membership of the Greater Astoria Historical Society.