Originally Posted by Christmas-A-Holic
MerryCarey, My mom and I were talking about W.C. Fields and Laurel and Hardy on the way home from Six Flags today.
I was thinking of you when you shared a Christmas one of Laurel and Hardy to me about selling the Christmas trees door to door. I am still laughing over what Laurel asked the lady at the door, "If you had a husband, would he buy a tree"? (More to that for those who haven't seen that skit). My mom was dying laughing when I told her the whole thing. I laugh every time I think of it!!!
So happy that still makes you smile! That was a clip from "Big Business" (1927). The rest of the film is just as funny!
W.C. Fields seems to have been a very interesting guy. It seems like not very many people knew him well. Gloria is one of the few who got to see the real Fields. He was fond of her and invited her and her mother to lunch at his home when they were making "Never Give a Sucker an Even Break." (Unfortunately, the studio got wind of it and sent along two boys who were in the film with them to make a photo op of it.) He knew Gloria loved ice cream, and after lunch, he bellowed out, "Bring in Gloria Jean's ice cream!"
He always complained that her hands were cold when they went into a scene. After the film wrapped, he sent her a lovely fur muff with a note saying, "This will keep your hands warm. Love, W.C. Fields." You wouldn't guess he was like that from his movies!