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W. C. Fields from Burlesque and Vaudeville to Broadway

Becoming a Comedian

  • Authors
  • Arthur Frank Wertheim

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History book series (PSTPH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Introduction

    1. Arthur Frank Wertheim
      Pages 1-5
  3. The Fledgling Years

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Arthur Frank Wertheim
      Pages 9-25
    3. Arthur Frank Wertheim
      Pages 27-40
  4. The Training Ground

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 41-41
    2. Arthur Frank Wertheim
      Pages 43-55
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      Pages 57-69
    4. Arthur Frank Wertheim
      Pages 71-84
    5. Arthur Frank Wertheim
      Pages 85-94
  5. “All the World’s a Stage”

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. Arthur Frank Wertheim
      Pages 97-111
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      Pages 113-124
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      Pages 125-137
    5. Arthur Frank Wertheim
      Pages 139-147
    6. Arthur Frank Wertheim
      Pages 149-153
  6. “What Therefore God Hath Joined Together, Let Not Man Put Asunder”

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-155
    2. Arthur Frank Wertheim
      Pages 157-167
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      Pages 169-177
  7. The Labyrinth to the Ziegfeld Follies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-179
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      Pages 181-196
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      Pages 197-211
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      Pages 213-217
    5. Arthur Frank Wertheim
      Pages 219-226
  8. Epilogue: The Defining Moment

    1. Arthur Frank Wertheim
      Pages 227-228
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 229-264

About this book

Introduction

W. C. Fields was a virtuoso comedian, often called a comic genius, legendary iconoclast, and "Great Man," who brought so much laughter to millions while enduring so much anguish. This book explores his little-known, long stage career from 1898 to 1930, which had a major influence on his comedy and screen presence.

Keywords

comedy comic stage Vaudeville

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