W.C. Field’s launched a juggling career at the age of 11. By 20 he was touring the globe, billed as ‘The World’s Greatest Juggler’. Later, he added verbal comedy to the act, and in 1915 joined the famous Ziegfeld Follies.
That same year Fields made his first film, POOL SHARKS, a one-reeler featuring his trick pool table routine. Another one-reeler followed, but Ziegfeld didn’t approve of Fields moonlighting, and nearly ten years would pass before his next film.
In 1923 Fields won great acclaim as lovable con-man Eustace McGargle in the Broadway smash POPPY. His starring role in the film version of the play, SALLY OF THE SAWDUST, launched a silent film career.
WC Fields was one of the few vaudevillians able to transfer nearly all of his vaudeville routines to film, preserving them for posterity.