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The Talented Mr. Dukenfield: W. C. Fields and The American Dream

Paul A. Cantor

in Pop Culture and the Dark Side of the American Dream: Con Men, Gangsters, Drug Lords, and Zombies

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780813177304
eISBN:
9780813177311
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813177304.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter surveys W. C. Fields’s entertainment career, emphasizing his films, especially It’s a Gift and The Bank Dick. Fields lived the American dream, but he struggled enough to do so that he ... More


Pop Culture and the Dark Side of the American Dream: Con Men, Gangsters, Drug Lords, and Zombies

Paul A. Cantor

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780813177304
eISBN:
9780813177311
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813177304.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

What is the American dream, and why has it proven so elusive for many people? By examining popular culture’s portrayal of the dark side of the American dream, this book seeks to answer these ... More


Dear Old Zieggy and Company

Cynthia Brideson and Sara Brideson

in Ziegfeld and His Follies: A Biography of Broadway's Greatest Producer

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780813160887
eISBN:
9780813165530
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813160887.003.0012
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter gives a wide-ranging view of Ziegfeld as both a beloved boss and a traitorous one. The close-knit family of Ziegfeld stars, including Eddie Cantor, Fanny Brice, Will Rogers, W. C. ... More


Vacations from Reality

Cynthia Brideson and Sara Brideson

in Ziegfeld and His Follies: A Biography of Broadway's Greatest Producer

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780813160887
eISBN:
9780813165530
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813160887.003.0016
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Ziegfeld escapes to his Canadian getaway, showing that he is an outdoorsman at heart. While vacationing at his camp, Ziegfeld displays another side to his personality that is much warmer and more ... More


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