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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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Complete credited cast:
Mr. Snavely
Mrs. Snavely
George Chandler ...
Chester Snavely the Wastrel Son
Richard Cramer ...
Officer Posthlewhistle (as Rychard Cramer)


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 <>

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prodigal son | bond | ice | pump | herd | See All (73) »


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Release Date:

3 March 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »


Mr. Snavely: [gagging on the artificial snow] Tastes more like corn flakes!
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Referenced in NCIS: Grounded (2014) See more »

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An absolute gem and delightful to watch
14 December 2001 | by (Tucson AZ) – See all my reviews

This is quite possibly the crown jewel in the long and illustrious career of an extremely troubled and very funny man. Fields has a field day sending up a style of melodrama popular at the time. At one and the same time, this is atypical of Fields' work generally, but still has his fingerprints all over it as well. Highlights are far too numerous to list, but Fields's rendition of the song, "The Fatal Glass of Beer" (you can't really accurately call it singing), the running gag, "It ain't a fit night out for man or beast" and the ending are hilariously perfect, with a sense of timing of which Chaplin would have been proud. Most joyously recommended

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