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

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(RCA Photophone System)

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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 »

Quotes

Mr. Snavely: [gagging on the artificial snow] Tastes more like corn flakes!
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Referenced in Penny Wisdom (1937) 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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