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The Dentist (1932)

Passed  -  Comedy | Short  -  9 December 1932 (USA)
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An unconventional dentist deals with patients in slapstick fashion.


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Complete credited cast:
Marjorie Kane ...
Mary - Dentist's Daughter (as 'Babe' Kane)
Arnold Gray ...
Arthur the Iceman
Dorothy Granger ...
Miss Peppitone - Patient
Elise Cavanna ...
Miss Mason - Patient
Zedna Farley ...
Dental Assistant
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After preliminaries with ice and golf dentist Fields turns to the problems of hius patients. He wrestles one woman all over the office during an extraction. One man is so heavily bearded he can't find the man's mouth and uses as shotgun to flush birds out. Written by Ed Stephan <>

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Comedy | Short


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9 December 1932 (USA)  »

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On the Criterion DVD edition, a musical background has been added to the soundtrack for the lost golf ball sequence. See more »


The shadow of the boom falls on the ground behind the Dentist at the golf course. See more »


Dentist: Now, have you ever had this tooth pulled, before?
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I liked it though I'm not a W.C. Fields fan.
25 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I know the movie is a comedy short, but it didn't strike me as being terribly funny. Yet that's what I've come to expect of Fields' work. True, the movie had a number of amusing lines and situations, but I find it more interesting as a peek into American life in 1932. First, the Dentist had his office in his home. Second, his all-black dental equipment, common for the time, looked like instruments of torture. Third, he had an ice box in his kitchen, not a refrigerator -- though in upper middle-class fashion of the time, it had a white enamel exterior, not wood. Though I haven't viewed the film in a number of years, I also recall the interesting wearing apparel in the golf course scenes, most notably the knickers; the clubs had wood shafts; but the course itself appeared very contemporary. Then again, the tee-fairway-green structure of golf courses is pretty much the same today as it was more than 70 years ago. True, the sound quality is very crude, but this movie was made just five years after the very first film "talkie" amazed its audiences.

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