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The Fatal Glass of Beer (1933)

Passed | | Short, Comedy | 3 March 1933 (USA)
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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Chester Snavely the Wastrel Son
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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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On his 2001 album 'Love And Theft', Bob Dylan quotes Fields from this film when he sings in 'Lonesome Day Blues,' "well the road's washed out, the weather's not fit for man or beast!" See more »

Quotes

Mr. Snavely: [during the middle of a blizzard] Be sure to open your window a little bit before you go to bed.
Chester: I will, Pa, and Ma, remember to open your window a little bit before you go to bed.
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Edited into W.C. Fields: 6 Short Films (2000) See more »

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Bring back Fields!
15 December 2005 | by (Philadelphia) – See all my reviews

I was driving to visit my cousin recently, & passed very close to the birthplace of W C Fields, a native Philadelphian like myself. It reminded me that W C has somehow gotten out of vogue. WHY?? Back in the 1960's & 1970's there was a huge revival of interest in his anti-establishment ways. We used to have birthday parties for him every Jan. 29th (I won the child-insulting contest one year). His films were on TV constantly.

It's time to get old William Claude back where he belongs! He was the greatest, & we need more of his brand of humor now. (Plus, he inspired me to learn how to juggle - a hobby I've now enjoyed for almost 40 years)

Best short: Fatal Glass of Beer

Best Feature: It's a Gift


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