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The Dentist (1932)

Passed  -  Comedy | Short  -  9 December 1932 (USA)
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Dentist
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 <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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9 December 1932 (USA)  »

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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 »

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

Quotes

Dentist: Shall I use gas?
Patient: [nervously] Well, gas or electric light. I'd feel nervous to have you fool around me in the dark!
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13 June 2001 | by (Midnight Movie Land) – See all my reviews

In ill-humour after a bad golf game, W.C. Fields takes his ire out on a series of dental patients and his daughter who has taken up with the iceman. If you can, try to obtain an uncut version of this comedy classic as there are some unusually off-colour lines and scenes for a short of this time period. Fields is best here, just allowed to chatter to himself. His shorts bear repeat watchings just to catch more of what he says. I have always considered him much more of a verbal comedian than a slapstick physical comedian and it truly did take the advent of sound to display his talent to their fullest. If the scene where Fields is pulling the woman's teeth looks a little suggestive to you, it is loosely based on a well-known (at the time) stag smoker film that was made in the 1920s called "The Slow Fire Dentist" which featured that dentist pulling a woman's tooth standing between her legs , her getting tangled in his coat, and being under heavy sedation. Not an exact match, of course (the stag film dentist gets a lot luckier than W. C. ever did in any movie!) but enough to see an influence. One of Fields' most famous shorts, and rightfully so! Recommended!


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