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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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Short | Comedy

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3 March 1933 (USA)  »

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Trivia

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: [trying to play moose call] My old embouchure ain't what it used to be.
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Featured in The Great Man: W.C. Fields (2005) See more »

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It Takes Days to Recover
17 September 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have probably watched this little gem a hundred times. Every time Officer Postalwhistle shows up and the sad song of the Fatal Glass of Beer is sung, I fall apart. Ah the broken tambourine. This is a series of sight gags and wonderful schtick that will live forever. The film quality is terrible but it doesn't matter. Fields is at his caustic best, especially when he finds out that Chester disposed of the money. The scene with the loaves of French bread being dunked across the table in the other person's soup, going out to milk the elk, all are dominoed into some sort of order. When Fields begins to pontificate, it is hilarious, especially the b-hoy in the c-hountry speech. It goes from place to place with the plot only there as a vehicle for the next gag. The snow in the face punctuates each scene. I love how the wife just kind of does what she needs to do, but Fields revolves like some rogue planet moving from place to place. This is a gem for the ages!


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