At a Florida hotel, absconding miscreant J. Effingham Bellweather goes slapstick golfing with the house detective's flirtatious wife and an incompetent caddy. Written by
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The picture of Bellweather on the wanted poster shows Fields in costume for his "Fatal Glass of Beer" sketch. It obviously is taken from a stage presentation of the well-tried routine as the comedian would not film it until 1933. See more »
When the paper from the pie are interfering with Bellweather's golf swing, the whirring sound of the fan blowing them can be heard clearly on the sound track. See more »
The Golf Specialist was W.C. Fields's sound motion picture debut and he's cast as a small time con man who is currently in the midst of staying at a hotel where he's got no intention of paying the bill. He would have the house detective on his case, but instead he's got the man's wife in the person of Shirley Grey flirting with him as she does with all the other guests at the hotel. Her husband keeps real busy punching out all the guys who are paying attention to his wife.
But Fields doesn't know that and they go on a golf date with a brain dead caddy played by Al Wood. Wood is almost as funny as Fields in his total blank expression to all the havoc around him, a lot of which he causes for Fields. All the while Fields is trying to score with Grey as well as hit the ball.
Right after this film Fields went to Warner Brothers for his first sound feature film, Her Majesty Love and then signed a long term contract with Paramount. The Golf Specialist is not the best of his work, but Fields fans will appreciate it.
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