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Man on the Flying Trapeze: The Life And Times Of W. C. Fields

By Simon Louvish
Book Details
  • Author: Simon Louvish
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • Published: 1999-03-17
  • Edition: 1st Edition
Man on the Flying Trapeze is the first biography in decades -- and the only accurate one -- of the beloved cinematic curmudgeon and inimitable comic genius W. C. Fields. Simon Louvish brilliantly sifts through evidence of Fields's own self-creation to illuminate the vaudeville world from which Fields sprang and his struggles with studios and censors to make his hilarious films-in the process confirming suspicions (yes, he did drink) and confounding them (he doted on his grandchildren). "One of the best movie biographies to come along in quite some time. . . . [A] book to cherish."--Film Review "[Man on the Flying Trapeze] nicely regales us with many vaudevillian stories. . . . Louvish does a heroic job."--Katharine Whittemore, New York Times Book Review "A rapturous, giddy, and irrepressible book. . . . Let us be clear: this is a delight, a marvel of research . . . and a superb argument for the case that William Claude Dukenfield was, and is, the greatest comic the movies have given us."--David Thomson "At last 'the Great Man' (as Fields called himself, accurately) has a great biography."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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