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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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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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The shotgun W.C. Fields picks up appears to be a Remington model 11. See more »

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

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Dentist: Where are my golf clubs?
Daughter: In your golf bag.
Dentist: Yeah, but, where's the golf
[trips]
Dentist: ...bag?
Daughter: You just fell over it.
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Extracting humor and teeth
14 June 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The Dentist was the first of four Mack Sennet shorts that W.C. Fields made in between his feature films with Paramount. In this one he extracts a bit of humor.

Actually before he gets to the office Fields gets in a round of golf where he beans a player still on the green ahead of him. Fields was never the most patient or polite of people and he neither asked if he could play through or yelled 'FORE'. Nothing changes I might add for professional people in 80 or so years, still golf before business.

When he gets to the office he has some real tussles with patients. I can see where Bob Hope got some of his ideas for his Painless Potter character from The Paleface. One scene was truly provocative as Fields with back to camera gets between a seated woman patient's legs in his efforts to extract a tooth. Elsie Cavenna the patient had some shapely legs and she did appear in a few more films with Fields.

No way in a few years that one would have gotten past the omnipresent Code. But now we can laugh and enjoy as the rest of Bill Fields's body of work.


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