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The Golf Specialist (1930)

Passed | | Short, Comedy, Sport | 22 August 1930 (USA)
J. Effingham Bellweather plays golf despite many slapstick setbacks.

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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 Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Short | Comedy | Sport

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The film makes reference to an invention that was very new in 1930. W.C. Fields' character asks the hotel clerk: "Any telegrams? Cablegrams? Radio? Television?" See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

J. Effingham Bellweather: You know, I've never struck a woman in my life.
Mrs. Detective: You haven't?
J. Effingham Bellweather: Not even my own mother.
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Referenced in Heartbreakers (2001) See more »

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Happy Days Are Here Again
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Milton Ager
Lyrics by Jack Yellen
The first three words of the song is sung a cappella by W.C. Fields.
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This thing is hilarious!
13 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An early W. C. Fields gem, this is very well done. One funny line and gag after another. The little girl in the lobby, played by Shirley Grey, is precious. Throughout the golf course scene the caddy, played by Al Wood, is a match for Fields talents and upstages him constantly. Light and whimsical is how I'd brand this one. Worth a watch if you're a W. C. Fields fan, just like early talkies, or enjoy sight gags and slap stick comedy. Given production standards of the day this film is close, I think, to a marvel. Much better than most of what was churned out at the time, this is undoubtedly Fields' best early work, and compares very well to the slicker production that came years latter.


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