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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
Rosemary Theby ...
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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(RCA Photophone System)

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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 »

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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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Edited into W.C. Fields: 6 Short Films (2000) See more »

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A misunderstood classic
29 November 2000 | by (Culpeper, VA) – See all my reviews

When this film was released in 1933, the majority of reviews were negative and even hostile. The film was hated and vilified; audiences and theatre owners found it tacky and cheap. They missed the whole point. The film is a sharp satire of both the Mellerdrammers of the early twentieth century and of studio filmmaking. Fields and Bruckman were too incisive as comics not to have done everything in this film very deliberately. From the overly obvious sets to the absolute WORST background projection ever seen, the film is a sly poke in Hollywood's eye and that's where its humor comes from. I just about wet myself the first time I saw Fields go out to "milk the elk". He stands in front of a background projection of elk in the snow and begins calling to them. When they start to run, they grow larger and larger, dwarfing the non-plussed Fields. Sadly, since this is a public domain title, it's hard to find a good copy of it. About the best I've seen is on the "6 Films by W.C. Fields" LD or DVD


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