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Fields fest slated for film center

W.C. Fields will come to life this week in all his grumpy, hilarious splendor when the Northwest Film Center shows nine of his best-known films.

Thursday's opener, 'It's a Gift,' will be introduced by James Curtis, who has just published 'W.C. Fields: A Biography.' The film is his favorite, and he'll share stories about the comic, whose skills he thinks were vastly underappreciated.

'Buster Keaton was sinking whole ships, (Charlie) Chaplin was tackling social issues and Fields was fighting with flypaper,' he says.

Here's the schedule:

Thursday, April 24, 8 p.m.: 'It's a Gift' (1934), 67 minutes; 'The Pool Shark' (1915), 10 minutes; 'The Golf Specialist' (1930), 22 minutes

Saturday, April 27, 7 p.m.: 'The Man on the Flying Trapeze' (1935), 65 minutes; 'The Old-Fashioned Way' (1934), 74 minutes

Wednesday, April 30, 7 p.m.: 'The Bank Dick' (1940), 72 minutes; 'The Dentist' (1932), 20 minutes

Thursday, May 1, 7 p.m.: 'Never Give a Sucker an Even Break' (1941), 71 minutes; 'The Fatal Glass of Beer' (1933), 19 minutes.