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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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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: Open the door!
Daughter: I can't. You locked me in.
Dentist: Well where's the key?
Daughter: In your pocket.
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Featured in Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage (1983) See more »

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W.C. Fields as ornery as ever on the golf course and at the dentist...
14 July 2008 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Whether he's pulling teeth with all the subtlety of a man with a whirring motorized drill or playing golf with a losing streak that causes him to toss his caddy into a stream of water, W.C. FIELDS is as ornery and ill-tempered as ever in this short subject from '32.

By today's standards, it's a terribly old-fashioned and crude look at the profession of dentistry with Fields showing no regard at all for a polished technique of examining patients and/or pulling teeth. His nurse plays it straight while he tussles with a variety of patients, one of them a woman who literally wraps herself around him as he struggles to pull a tooth and another, a man with a beard so thick that Fields states: "I can't even find his mouth." None of it makes any sense and it's all played strictly for whatever laughs anyone can get out of the character that W.C. Fields invented for pre-code audiences.

Summing up: Not for the squeamish. Anyone preparing for their next dental appointment better avoid this one. The politically correct may be offended by some of the ethnic humor--particularly the "yellow jaundice" joke about a Jap.

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