The Pharmacist (1933)

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



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Complete credited cast:
Marjorie Kane ...
Priscilla Dilweg (as Babe Kane)
Elise Cavanna ...
Mrs. Grace Dilweg
Grady Sutton ...
Cuthbert Smith
Lorena Carr ...
Ooleota Dilweg


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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Comedy | Short


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Release Date:

21 April 1933 (USA)  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Pharmacist Dilweg, trying to interest a prospective customer in something, points to a puppet of W.C. Fields and exclaims, "Rather amusing little beggar." See more »


His daughter: You don't love me, anymore!
Mr. Dilweg: [Raises stick threateningly] Of course I love ya.
Mrs. Dilweg: Don't you strike that child!
Mr. Dilweg: She's not gonna tell ME I don't love her.
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Edited into W.C. Fields: 6 Short Films (2000) See more »

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The Ever Henpecked Proprietor
15 June 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The last two shorts that W.C. Fields made for Mack Sennett at Paramount were a kind of dress rehearsal for the film character he was to develop in his classic features for Paramount and Universal. The ever henpecked proprietor of The Pharmacy with his wife and two daughters would be his staple character for years.

Elsie Cavenna who played Mrs. Fields in this isn't quite as shrewish a character as Kathleen Howard later would be for Fields, but that was a change he'd make in his feature. The two daughters are oblivious to his plight, one is perpetually hungry and would eat the pet bird faster than if a cat caught it. The other is going out with a guy named Cuthbert played by Grady Sutton who also would appear in several features with Fields and Fields can't stand anyone named Cuthbert. He feels one has to be a sissy if you got a name like that, it's foreordained.

Homophobia of course it to be deplored, but in the case of Fields he didn't like anybody. Under the Code same gender sex was just something so taboo as not to be even acknowledged. And Fields just didn't like anybody. He was a beloved misanthrope.

A lot of beautiful gags are in The Pharmacist make this really a treat. I did so love the man who insisted on buying a 'clean' postage stamp from the middle of the sheet. In the end Cuthbert proves to be a welcome addition to the family.

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