Running Wild

Running Wild

W.C. Fields
Director: Gregory La Cava Cast: W.C. Fields
W.C. Fields
, Mary Brian
Mary Brian
, Claud Buchanan
Claud Buchanan
Gregory La Cava

DVD (Subtitled)

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Running Wild bears a marked resemblance to One Glorious Day, a 1923 Will Rogers vehicle. W.C. Fields stars as a henpecked family man, browbeaten both at home and at work. Only his daughter Mary Brian truly cares about Fields, and he reciprocates by showering most of his familial affection on her. While attending a vaudeville show, Fields volunteers to subject himself to a stage hypnotist. While under a hypnotic spell, Fields' worm turns, and he becomes an aggressive "King of the Castle" type with his family and his employer. Once the spell is broken, Fields reverts to his meek self--then discovers that his boss, impressed by his go-getting "alter ego," has offered him a better position at higher salary. Putting his selfish family in their proper place, Fields remains the don't-mess-with-me tyro that he'd been while hypnotized, and in so doing smooths the path of the romance between daughter Brian and her handsome beau Claude Buchanan. Considering the potential of the actor/director team of W.C. Fields and Gregory LaCava, Running Wild isn't quite as wonderfully anarchistic as we'd like it to be, but Fields (sporting the obnoxious little mustache that he favored in his silent films) is always a delight to watch, especially when venting his pent-up rage against his impossible family. The actor would rework many of the elements in Running Wild into his 1935 talkie Man on the Flying Trapeze, which also co-starred Mary Brian.

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Product Details

Release Date: 03/13/2018
UPC: 0738329212414
Original Release: 1927
Rating: NR
Source: Kino Classics
Region Code: 1
Sound: [silent]
Time: 1:07:00
Sales rank: 61,529

Special Features

Audio commentary by film historian James L. Neibaur, author of The W.C. Fields Films Piano score composed and performed by Donald Sosin

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
W.C. Fields Elmer Finch
Mary Brian Elizabeth
Claud Buchanan Jerry Harvey
Marie Shotwell Mrs. Finch
Barnett Raskin Junior
Frederick Burton Mr. D.W. Harvey
Moy J. Bennett Mr. Henry Johnson
Frank Evans Amos Barker
Ed Roseman Arvo, the hypnotist
Tom Madden Truckdriver
John Merton Cop
Rex the Dog Himself

Technical Credits
Gregory La Cava Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
Gaylord Carter Score Composer
Paul Vogel Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Running Wild
1. Elmer's Morning [7:14]
2. Breakfast Brawl [10:17]
3. Off To Work [8:18]
4. A Little Raise [8:49]
5. Lucky Horseshoe [4:04]
6. Hypnotized [4:54]
7. Roarin' Elmer [6:23]
8. Family Affairs [6:36]
9. De-Lionized [5:10]
10. Father Knows Best [5:48]

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