Features Classic Hollywood Feuds: W.C. Fields vs. Charlie McCarthy Published 2 years ago on April 21, 2017 W.C. Fields, who may have invented celebrity rehab, spent most of 1936 in sanitariums trying to wean himself off his all-martini diet. When NBC invited him to appear as a regular guest on The Chase and Sanborn Hour, Fields saw the radio gig as a chance to ease his way back into show biz. But the show’s hosts–ventriloquist Edgar Bergen and his wiseass little dummy, Charlie McCarthy–had other plans for Fields. Although much of the Fields-McCarthy hostilities were staged for laughs, Fields actually hated the dummy, who kept reminding him about the rubber room he’d recently vacated. Ventriloquist Edgar, his lips moving madly (it was radio, remember), provided Charlie with plenty of ammo–and Fields responded in kind. “Well, Charles,” Fields would intone sonorously, “I hear you got married and raised yourself a cord of children.” When Fields said he had seen “pink mastodons” on his lawn, Charlie sFeatures back, “I hear the elephants around your place take aspirin to get rid of W.C. Fields.” The Upper Hand: Fields smuggled a saw into the studio one day and, as a stunned Bergen looked on, finally cut his adversary down to size. “I’ll always have a warm place for you, Charlie,” Fields said. “Where?” Charlie asked. “In your heart?” “No, in my fireplace.” Hollywood FeudsW. C. Fields Advertisement advertisement and this just in Episodes21 hours ago Strike Back: Season 7 Episode 5 (Cinemax Fri 22 Feb 2019) Episode 5: Following a high-speed jungle ambush in Myanmar, the suitcase nukes end up in the hands of Jean-Baptiste Zaza... Episodes21 hours ago Don’t Be Tardy: Loaded Statement (S7EP3 Bravo Fri 22 Sep 2019) Loaded Statement: The Biermanns get serious about defending themselves and decide to attend a gun safety course after a break-in... Episodes21 hours ago Hawaii Five-0: E’ao lu’au a kualima (S9EP17 CBS Fri 22 Feb 2019) E’ao lu’au a kualima: Junior is torn between his duties as a member of Five-0 and his feelings for his... Episodes21 hours ago Secrets of the Morgue: Overkill (S1EP12 ID Fri 22 Feb 2019) Overkill: When a brutally murdered woman is found floating near the yacht club at Newport Beach, Calif., after the coroner... Episodes21 hours ago Speechless: G-A– GAME N-I– NIGHT (S3EP15 ABC Fri 22 Feb 2019) G-A– GAME N-I– NIGHT: When Maya insists that it’s time to meet Izzy, a reluctant JJ arranges a game night... search EPISODES Episodes21 hours ago The Blacklist: Minister D (S6EP9 NBC Fri 22 Feb 2019) Minister D: While Red (James Spader) fights in court to clear his name of treason once and for all, Liz... Episodes21 hours ago Hawaii Five-0: Hapai ke kuko, hanau ka hewa (S9EP16 CBS Fri 22 Feb 2019) Hapai ke kuko, hanau ka hewa: When the top salesperson for a beauty company/pyramid scheme is murdered, Five-0 sifts through... Episodes21 hours ago Mystery in San Luis Obispo airs Fri 22 Feb 2019 on ID When two female college students vanish from the city of San Luis Obispo, Calif., clues are elusive, but one detective... advertisement MOVIES Movies1 week ago Private Worlds (Paramount 1935, Charles Boyer, Claudette Colbert) Charles Boyer stars as the new superintendent of a progressive mental hospital. His apparent coldness first arouses resentment among the... Movies1 week ago Yucatán (2018, Luis Tosar, Stephanie Cayo) In farcical comedy Yucatán a pair of white collar thieves compete fiercely against each other trying to steal from an... Movies1 week ago The Breaker Upperers (Netflix Fri 15 Feb 2019, Jackie van Beek, Madeleine Sami) Two women run a business breaking up couples for cash but when one develops a conscience their friendship unravels. production... MY TV TONIGHTWhat's on and when. Broadcast, cable and streaming... BRITISH FILM 1930-1990The Viewer's Guide to British Film 1930-1990 Indepth guide to six decades of cinema in the UK.