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WC Fields (1879-1946)

  1. Guy Kibbee, Lady For A Day, 1933.     No studio wanted to help director Frank Capra at   Columbia. He was unable to get either James Cagney from Warners or William Powell from MGM for Dave the Dude... nor Bill Fields from Paramount to play Judge Blake.
  2. Rose Strander, The Keys of the Kingdom, 1944.     Once listed (so were  Ingrid Bergman and Rosalind Russell) for the Reverend Mother Maria Veronica.  Bergman, Fitzgerald and Russell became meatier nuns in, respectively, The Bells of St Mary’s, 1944, Dixie: Changing Habits, TV, 1983, and The Trouble With Angels, 1965.  
  3. Charles Ruggles, Anything Goes, 1935. Thid billed WCF was dropp[ed just before shooting started and so Ruggles joined the Bing Criosby- Ethel Merman musical. Crosby re-made it 20 years (his Billy Crocker renamed Bill Benson) with dancers Jeanmaire and Donald O’Connor.
  4. Roland Young, Topper, 1937.     Producer Hal Roach’s first plan was a wild one:   Cary Grant and Jean Harlow as the sudden spectres, George and Marion Kerby, haunting their bemused pal Bill Fields. A sheer delight, Young stole the movie, won an Oscar nod and two sequels.
  5. Frank Morgan, The Wizard of Oz, 1938.
  6. Frank Morgan, The Wild Man of Borneo, 1940.       Way but way back in 1928, this was a WC project at Paramunt. As underlined by the script synopsis: a 1902 medicine show-con man settles down with his unknown daughter in a New York theatrical boarding house full of eccentrics…
  7. Thomas Mitchell,  It's A Wonderful Life, 1946.




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