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Pool Sharks (1915)

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Two romantic rivals play a game of pool for the hand of their lady love.


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Credited cast:
The Pool Shark
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marian West
Larry Westford ...
Pool Adversary


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 (

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Comedy | Short


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19 September 1915 (USA)  »

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(Raymond Rohauer print)

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1.33 : 1
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Film debut of 'W. C. Fields'. See more »


On the third trick shot, the animator's hand can be glimpsed positioning a ball. See more »


Edited into W.C. Fields: 6 Short Films (2000) See more »

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Early, Early Fields
5 June 2001 | by (Midnight Movie Land) – See all my reviews

This was, of course, the first moving picture featuring W. C. Fields. It is just so-so, if you didn't know who it was and if it wasn't so historical for being Fields' first, it probably would attract little attention. Fields truly was more a verbal performer, and it would take the advent of sound to truly cement his niche in motion picture history. But, as such, it is an interesting historical short, has a few chuckles, but little more. At the time Fields was working for the Ziegfeld Follies and was doing a similar trick pool table routine in his act (although how this could all have really been appreciated by a large audience in a huge theater, I have no idea...) and what is seen here is a camera trick version of what would have been accomplished mechanically on his rigged table. The pool game is the highlight of this short, the rest concerns vying for the attention of a woman at an outdoor picnic (no doubt using outdoors for the lighting). If you enjoy Fields and must see all of his work, or want to see his first efforts on film, definately worth seeking out.

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