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The Dentist (1932)

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

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Dentist
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Mary - Dentist's Daughter (as 'Babe' Kane)
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Arthur the Iceman
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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 <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Comedy | Short

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9 December 1932 (USA)  »

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Hammaslääkäri  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Ethel La Blanche was originally cast as Miss Pepitone, but she was replaced by Dorothy Granger. Similarly, William Searby was originally cast as the Caddy, but he was replaced by Bobby Dunn. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Dentist: Shall I use gas?
Miss Peppitone - Patient: [nervously] Well, gas or electric light. I'd feel nervous to have you fool around me in the dark!
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Connections

Edited into Down Memory Lane (1949) See more »

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A Must See for Fields' Fans
23 January 2014 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

The Dentist (1932)

*** (out of 4)

W.C. Fields gets to shine in this pre-code Paramount short where he plays the title role. The film starts off as the dentist learns that his daughter is wanting to date an ice delivery man, which of course he wants no part of. After a disastrous round of golf the dentist returns to his office where several strange characters wait. THE DENTIST is perhaps one of Fields' best known shorts for a number of reasons. Of course, one of the more notorious reasons is all the sexual innuendo that happens once the final portion of the film happens. I'm not going to spoil these scenes but they are quite funny and especially the dialogue where Fields pretty much just insults them right to their faces. The stuff dealing with the golf was also quite funny and especially the sequence where the actor just completely loses it and begins throwing everything into the water. There are several scenes in the film where people have their teeth damaged in a wide variety of ways so those scared of the men in white will certainly want to stay away from this thing even though it is a comedy. There's no question Fields is at the top of his game because everything from his line delivery to the way he walks is just perfect.


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