So’s Your Old Man
Introduced by Harriet Fields, granddaughter of W.C. Fields
Live music by Donald Sosin
Dir. Gregory La Cava. 1926. 67 mins. Restored 35mm print from the Library of Congress. W.C. Fields stars as small-town New Jersey glazier Sam Bisbee with a potential million-dollar invention on his hands in this surprisingly lyrical feature. In an unmistakably Fieldsian plotline, inebriation combines with over-confidence to thwart his get-rich-quick scheme. With an irritated wife and a disappointed crowd of investors on his hands, Bisbee searches for another chance to win the town over. The story was recycled for the 1935 film You’re Telling Me, with Fields reprising the role of Bisbee.
Please join Harriet Fields for a celebratory toast after this screening at the Astor Room (the restaurant directly across the street from the Museum) located in the former commissary of the movie studio where W.C. Fields worked in the 1920s. Ticketholders receive 10% off.
Tickets: $12 ($9 for senior citizens and students / free for members at the Film Lover level and above). Order tickets online. (Members may contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions regarding online reservations.)