David Copperfield (MGM, 1935) and Running Wild (Paramount, 1927). Lobby Cards (2) (11" X 14"). Charles Dickens's immortal classic was brought to life on the silver screen in 1935, with Freddie Bartholomew as David and former juggler/vaudevillian W. C. Fields as Mister Micawber. The rest of the star-studded cast included such luminaries as Edna May Oliver, Basil Rathbone, Una O'Connor, Lionel Barrymore, Elsa Lanchester, Roland Young, and Maureen O'Sullivan. Today, however, the film is noted as the vehicle that shot Fields to the height of instant stardom, and made him a celebrity of the first class. Ironically, the role of Micawber was originally intended for Charles Laughton, but he was not able to provide the performance that director George Cukor was looking for, and was asked to leave after a mere two days in front of the camera. Fields stepped in, and film history was made. The lobby card offered here, which pictures both Fields and Bartholomew, shows pinholes in the corners and in the image, very small tears in the top center and the bottom left, small creases in all the corners, slight surface scuffing, and a piece of tape on the reverse used to patch one of the pinholes. Also included in this lot is a wonderful lobby card from the 1927 Fields feature, Running Wild. This card has slight surface scuffing, small creases in all the corners, and a small hole in the image area. For fans of Fields, one of the greatest comedians ever to grace the silver screen, this is a lot not to be missed! Fine/Very Fine.

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