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The Pharmacist (1933)

Passed | | Comedy, Short | 21 April 1933 (USA)
A henpecked but stoic pharmacist tries to maintains his precarious balance while dealing with demanding customers and his dysfunctional family.

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A hard-working, hen-pecked pharmacist, harried by a shrewish spouse, dysfunctional family, and demanding clientele, maintains his patience and a stoic optimism by imbibing frequent martinis. His termagant wife and self-absorbed daughters show little appreciation of his efforts to keep his precarious business profitable by selling bootleg liquor under the counter despite the suspicions of the local sheriff. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com0

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In a very early example of product placement, there are signs depicting Baby Ruth and Butterfinger candy bars behind the counter. See more »

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Mr. Dilweg: [pulling down the dress hem on a woman who has fainted] She's liable to get diptheria.
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Bootlegging and drugs
4 September 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

W.C. plays the lead role of the Pharmacist. He's got 2 daughters that are the trial of his life; he's trying to make an dishonest living by selling bathtub gin under the counter and has to come up with inventive ways to hide it from the federal agents; and the police have a running gun battle right outside his door.

This is a fairly routine Fields movie, and has a few really funny bits in it, but it doesn't stand out among his films. It's cute but not brilliant. Well worth a look, though.


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