W. C. FIELDS - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 283835
W. C. FIELDS Photo of Fields as Mr. Micawber from David Copperfield, in stovepipe hat, cane, and ill-fitting double-breasted suit, inscribed to a golf partner at Soundview Golf Club in Great Neck, N.Y. Photograph inscribed and signed: "To my golfing Partner/Fred Hillebrand, who/could have been a Pro.
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W. C. FIELDS
Photo of Fields as Mr. Micawber from David Copperfield, in stovepipe hat, cane, and ill-fitting double-breasted suit, inscribed to a golf partner at Soundview Golf Club in Great Neck, N.Y.
Photograph inscribed and signed: "To my golfing Partner/Fred Hillebrand, who/could have been a Pro./from Chicadee and/Bill Fields/Soundview Great Neck 1924". B/w 8x10. Pencil note (unknown hand) on verso. Red-nosed, gravel-voiced, bottle-hitting American comedian W.C. Fields (1880-1946), born William Claude Dukenfield, began his career in silents, later excelling in such films as David Copperfield (1935, as Micawber, shown here), My Little Chickadee (with Mae West) and The Bank Dick. The vaudeville veteran, who appeared in every version of the "Ziegfeld Follies" from 1915 to 1921, made his last film, Sensations of 1945, in 1944. Fred Hillebrand (1893-1963) was a composer and stage (and infrequent screen) actor who appeared in several Broadway musical comedies beginning in 1919. He does not seemed to have shared billing with Fields on either stage or screen. Fields made a hilarious comedy short, The Golf Specialist (1930), based on one of his old vaudeville routines. Since Fields played Micawber a decade after 1924, he must be dating his remembered round of golf, not the date on which he signed the photo. Although My Little Chicadee was released as a film in 1940, the phrase had long been associated with Fields. Lightly toned. Slightly creased - most not visible head-on. Corners and edges lightly worn. Otherwise, fine condition.
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