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The Dentist (1932)

Passed | | Comedy, Short | 9 December 1932 (USA)
An unconventional dentist deals with a variety of eccentric and difficult patients in slapstick fashion.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
W.C. Fields ... Dentist
Marjorie Kane Marjorie Kane ... Mary - Dentist's Daughter (as 'Babe' Kane)
Arnold Gray ... Arthur - The Iceman
Dorothy Granger ... Miss Peppitone - Patient
Elise Cavanna Elise Cavanna ... Miss Mason - Patient
Zedna Farley Zedna Farley ... Dental Assistant
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Henry Hanna Henry Hanna
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Storyline

After preliminaries with ice and golf, dentist Fields turns to the problems of his patients. He wrestles one woman all over the office during an extraction. One man is so heavily bearded he can't find the man's mouth and uses a shotgun to flush out birds. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Genres:

Comedy | Short

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 December 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hammaslääkäri See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mack Sennett Comedies See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Ethel La Blanche was originally cast as Miss Pepitone, but she was replaced by Dorothy Granger. Similarly, William Searby was originally cast as the Caddy, but he was replaced by Bobby Dunn. See more »

Goofs

The shadow of the boom falls on the ground behind the Dentist at the golf course. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dentist: Where are my glasses?
Mary - Dentist's Daughter: They're on your head.
Dentist: Oh, yeah, thanks. Where's the newspaper?
Mary - Dentist's Daughter: You're sitting on it.
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Alternate Versions

Censored reissue prints have at least three changes:
  • 1. The sexually suggestive tooth-pulling scene is removed
  • 2. "They can take this golf course and st..." is blanked out
  • 3. "Ah, the hell with her!" is covered by an additional patient moan.
  • Also, intrusive music and sound effects were added at some point.
  • The Criterion laserdisc and DVD contain a version that restores the tooth-pulling scene and the original credits, but have the censored dialog and additional music and sound effects.
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Featured in Film Breaks: W.C. Fields (1999) See more »

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Extracting humor and teeth
14 June 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Dentist was the first of four Mack Sennet shorts that W.C. Fields made in between his feature films with Paramount. In this one he extracts a bit of humor.

Actually before he gets to the office Fields gets in a round of golf where he beans a player still on the green ahead of him. Fields was never the most patient or polite of people and he neither asked if he could play through or yelled 'FORE'. Nothing changes I might add for professional people in 80 or so years, still golf before business.

When he gets to the office he has some real tussles with patients. I can see where Bob Hope got some of his ideas for his Painless Potter character from The Paleface. One scene was truly provocative as Fields with back to camera gets between a seated woman patient's legs in his efforts to extract a tooth. Elsie Cavenna the patient had some shapely legs and she did appear in a few more films with Fields.

No way in a few years that one would have gotten past the omnipresent Code. But now we can laugh and enjoy as the rest of Bill Fields's body of work.


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