So's Your Old Man

“The humor is undated, the routines are inventive and the throwaway sight gags are brilliant (casually handing over an axe to aid someone disciplining a child, or extending a lighted cigar while trying to shake hands).” – Ronald J. Fields, “W.C. Fields: A Life on Film”

Woody Allen once called W.C. Fields one of only six comedic “geniuses” in the history of film — and we’re not about to argue with his placement amongst Allen’s ranks of Keaton, Chaplin, Peter Sellers, and Marx siblings Groucho and Harpo. Sharply directed by Gregory La Cava (My Man Godfrey), So’s Your Old Man finds Fields as a glasscutter involved in a silly scheme to market his “indestructible” car windshield invention; a barmy comedy of errors ensues when his car bearing the glass in question is accidentally replaced with an average ol’ auto! Even though Fields was best known for his signature drawl, the silent W.C. (in one of his earliest feature roles) carries So’s Your Old Man with the kind of priceless mannerisms and booze-mad brazenness that established the cantankerous, yet loveable persona we continue to cherish today. Also playing before the feature is the short A Blonde’s Revenge, starring Cinefamily’s favorite cross-eyed comedy wonder Ben Turpin! Plus, W.C. Fields biographer James Curtis will be joining us to introduce the film!

So’s Your Old Man Dir. Gregory La Cava, 1926, 35mm, 67 min. (Archival 35mm print courtesy of the Library of Congress)

A Blonde’s Revenge Dirs. Edward F. Cline & Del Lord, 1926, 35mm. (Archival 35mm print courtesy of the Library of Congress)

Watch our trailer for “So’s Your Old Man”!