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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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Mrs. Snavely
George Chandler ...
Chester Snavely the Wastrel Son
Richard 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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Chester: I feel so tired, I think I'll go to bed.
Mr. Snavely: Why don't you lie down and take a little rest first, Chester?
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Edited into W.C. Fields: 6 Short Films (2000) See more »

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I think I'll go out and milk the elk...
22 May 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I first saw this send-up of "the prodigal son" in a film course. I think my teacher and I were the only 2 people laughing. I was astonished that a film that looks like it was filmed in a garage could make my face hurt. It has a wonderfully screwy story arc, and corny gags. It's all over the place and ends abruptly, but I love it.

The Vaudeville origins of some corny bits (the snow gag) amuse. Other motifs of the period are not worthy of inclusion, but what little writing there is makes me laugh as hard as anything recent. Fields' hogwash title ditty is pretty terrific. I especially love a few of the sight gags, including a runt of a dog on a sled team, a leggy salvation army gal, and W.C. calling for Lena the elk. The sound quality is heinous, but the arbitrary scene changes relieve some of the tedium and claustrophobia of other Fields shorts (The Golf Specialist).

It mocks everything in sight; staginess, melodrama, piety, propriety, actors who mispronounce words. I don't know that there any other 18 minutes of film make me smile as much as this ridiculous little movie.


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