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The Fatal Glass of Beer (1933)

Passed  -  Short | Comedy  -  3 March 1933 (USA)
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The prodigal son of a Yukon prospector comes home on a night that "ain't fit for man nor beast."

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Mr. Snavely
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Mrs. Snavely
George Chandler ...
Chester Snavely the Wastrel Son
Richard Cramer ...
Officer Posthlewhistle (as Rychard Cramer)
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Mr. Snavely, a Yukon prospector, lost his only son years ago to the temptations of the big city; now the prodigal Chester, released from prison, comes home to Ma and Pa. A parody of Yukon melodrama; includes the famous looking-out-the-door routine. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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3 March 1933 (USA)  »

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It Ain't a Fit Night Out for Man or Beast  »

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In Fields' first sound film, The Golf Specialist (1930) there is a wanted poster of Fields which shows him in his "Fatal Glass of Beer" costume. It evidently was taken from an earlier stage presentation of the classic Fields sketch. See more »

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Mrs. Snavely: He wants more money and if he don't get it, he'll take our malamutes.
Mr. Snavely: He won't take old Balto, my lead dog.
Mrs. Snavely: Why not, Pa?
Mr. Snavely: 'Cause I et him.
Mrs. Snavely: You ET him?
Mr. Snavely: He was mighty good with mustard.
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Fields at his best
18 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I grew up during the '60s, when Fields was in vogue as a rebel along the lines of Bogart or Brando. Nevertheless, I didn't find myself laughing nearly as much at his feature films "The Bank Dick", "My Little Chickadee", or "You Can't Cheat an Honest Man" as at those of Keaton or the Marx Brothers. It wasn't until the '90s that I happened across this short, which finally convinced me that Fields was a comic genius.

With its absurd juxtaposition of dulcimer, Mountie, Salvation Army girl, wayward son, snow, tambourine, dachshund, bonds, the Yukon, student quarrymen, and unfit nights, this short has more laughs in it than any of Fields's features.

I'd say more, but I have to go milk the elk.


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