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Pool Sharks (1915)

TV-G  |   |  Comedy, Short  |  19 September 1915 (USA)
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Two romantic rivals play a game of pool for the hand of their lady love.

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Two ardent suitors for the hand a pretty young woman carry their fight from an picnic to a test of skill in an indoor pool hall. After a series of unbelievable trick shots, the fight degenerates into billiard throwing, which involves an innocent bystander. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Film debut of 'W. C. Fields'. See more »

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When Field's rival dives out of the poolroom and lands in the rain barrel,just before it cuts away to the pool room again you can plainly seen a man wearing a white shirt rushing up to pull the actor out of the barrel.The editor didn't cut away quite quick enough. See more »

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Featured in W.C. Fields: Straight Up (1986) See more »

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Of Historical Interest, & Not Bad In Itself
8 June 2005 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

Given its significance in the career of the great comic W.C. Fields, "Pool Sharks" would certainly be worth seeing for its historical interest alone. In itself, it's probably just an average feature for its time and genre, and it doesn't give Fields the chance to shows his greatest strengths, but it is fun to see him in such an early screen appearance.

You can see the strong influence of Chaplin and Keystone, as the plot and all the characters are patterned after those styles. Fields plays one of two rivals for the hands of a girl, and his character gets involved in the kind of manic slapstick that characterized a great many short comedies in the mid-1910s. Nothing wrong with that at all, and while "Pool Sharks" in itself would not stand out, it probably would not have left too many of its original viewers disappointed, either.

Besides the slapstick, there are some visual effects with the pool table, and while the special effects technique is rudimentary, it's amusing enough.

For the most part, Fields himself just has to keep up with the madcap pace, and cannot do some of the things that he did best, yet you can see his talent when he has the chance to show it.


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