creative people have been associated with drinking. Ernest Hemingway is as well known for his
ability to sip his daiquiri's at the El Floridita as he is for his writing. Like so many other celebrities,
W.C. Fields brought drinking out of the closet of the Prohibition Era and on to the screen as comedy. "It was a woman that drove me to drink and I never got a chance to thank her", has always been one
of my favorites. One of his first major movies on the subject of drink came out in 1933, just prior to
the end of Prohibition. It was called International House, where Fields played professor Henry R.
Quail, a professor that was flying his autogyro (a strange hybrid of plane and helicopter) to Kansas
City but he got drunk and confused and ended up in China. He did not become known as a great
actor as a result of the movie, but as an irascible drunk, “The persona itself was the work of genius.”