in about 100 words or less
US 65m, B&W
Director: Clyde Bruckman; Cast: W. C. Fields, Mary Brian, Kathleen Howard, Grady Sutton, Vera Lewis
In his familiar role as a henpecked husband driven to drink, W.C. Fields is Ambrose Wolfinger, a file clerk with an amazing memory and a love for professional wrestling. In this role, Fields is not only harassed by his wife, but by a nasty mother-in-law and a freeloading brother-in-law. Though still thin on plot, Man on the Flying Trapeze feels less gag oriented than many of Fields’ films and his character Wolfinger, perhaps the most sympathetic (Klaus Ming January 2015).