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The Barber Shop (1933)

TV-G  |   |  Comedy, Short  |  28 July 1933 (USA)
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An inept barber maintains his good-humored optimism in his small town shop despite having a hen-pecking harridan for a wife and a total lack of tonsorial skill.



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Escaped Bank Robber


Barber O'Hair has a vegetarian wife at home a pretty manicurist at work. A dog sits in the barbershop which O'Hair explains: "One day I was shaving a man and cut his ear off. And the dog got it. Been back here ever since." Oh, and he captures a bank robber. Written by Ed Stephan <>

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28 July 1933 (USA)  »

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Ronald: Do you know why a load of hay is like a mouse?
Cornelius O'Hare: No, Ronald, I do not. I've never noticed a similarity between a small rodent and a large amount of horse's provender. Why does a small rodent resemble a load of hay?
Ronald: Cause cat'll eat it!
Cornelius O'Hare: Cat'll eat it. Cattle eat it.
[Recognizing the pun]
Cornelius O'Hare: Very good, Ronald, very...
[Aware of his wife's disapproval]
Cornelius O'Hare: Eat your spinach, eat your spinach, eat your spinach!
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Chapter IV of Sennett/Fields Collaboration.
11 June 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

ONCE IN A LIFETIME, there is a short period of the most unusual, nearly unbelievable events occur. Call it coincidence or a Gift from God; but whatever there is no denying that something very extraordinary has happened. Such was the case at MACK SENNETT STUDIOS in 1932-33; when the four great W.C. Fields sound shorts were made.

TO THE DELIGHT of the Depression Era Moviegoers, the Sennett Fun Factiry had filmed and released what was destined to be a blueprint for what would be the W.C. Fields character and storyline for the rest of his career. Be it at the Movies or on Radio, whatever the character's name was, it was Fields.

OF THOSE PREVIOUSLY mentioned little masterpieces, our subject today, THE BARBER SHOP (Sennett/Paramount, 1933) was the last to reach the movie houses. Prior to this, we had been treated with THE DENTIST (19332), THE FATAL GLASS OF BEER (1933) and THE PHARMASIST ('33).

THESE FOUR SOUND Shorts combined out-produced many a feature length comedy, by far. That they would make an excellent presentation at a revival movie house goes without saying. A number of years ago, we were privileged in attending such a showing. It was a the Wilmette Theatre in suburban Chicago, that a marathon of 'Old Time Comedy Movies' was the playbill for the night. One segment played these four and the old laugh meter was nearly worn out.

AS FOR TODAY'S reviewed subject, THE BARBER SHOP, we can only say that it is that great W.C. Fields show; but with a little variation. He is once again a crusty, grumpy and largely misunderstood father. But this time he seems to have just a little more sympathetic treat from family; particularly from his one son, Ronald (Harry Watson). The son shares an affinity with his Pop for humorous riddles and recites many to please "the Old Man" at the supper table.

AS IS THE case with all of the 3 other Sennett two reelers, Mr. Fields insured his characterization by being the writer of the original stories. (This is clearly evident with the Barber's name, Corneilus O'Hare.) Sennett veteran Gag Man and Director, Arthur Ripley, directed and , many of the old Keystone players are seen in supporting roles.

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