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The Barber Shop (1933)

 -  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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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 <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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28 July 1933 (USA)  »

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The Barber  »

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Cornelius O'Hare: I used to be a detective once.
Hortense: Really, Mr. O'Hair?
Cornelius O'Hare: Yes, yes.
Hortense: You seem to have been everything!
Cornelius O'Hare: Well, I guess I was. My wife calls me everything.
Mrs. O'Hare: [from an upstairs window] Cornelius!
Cornelius O'Hare: Yes, yes, my will-o-the-wisp?
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Very Enjoyable, With Fields in Fine Form
9 June 2005 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

With the great W.C. Fields in fine form, and a setup that provides him with a lot of good material, "The Barber Shop" is a very enjoyable short comedy. It is filled with the kinds of details and subtle gags that make Fields's comedies worth watching attentively.

"The Barber Shop" closely resembles the Fields feature "The Pharmacist", with very similar settings and stories. Both are very good, and in both of them Elise Cavanna is funny as the domineering wife of Fields's character. Both have some gags that are deliberately absurd, and others that are less obvious. Both feature amusing exchanges between Fields and numerous customers.

When Fields was at his best, he could really get across the wackiness of so much of what happens in daily life, and that's one of the things that works quite well here.


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