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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.

Director:

Leslie Pearce
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
W.C. Fields ... Dentist
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

Certificate:

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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

The shotgun W.C. Fields picks up appears to be a Remington model 11. 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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W.C. Fields as ornery as ever on the golf course and at the dentist...
14 July 2008 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Whether he's pulling teeth with all the subtlety of a man with a whirring motorized drill or playing golf with a losing streak that causes him to toss his caddy into a stream of water, W.C. FIELDS is as ornery and ill-tempered as ever in this short subject from '32.

By today's standards, it's a terribly old-fashioned and crude look at the profession of dentistry with Fields showing no regard at all for a polished technique of examining patients and/or pulling teeth. His nurse plays it straight while he tussles with a variety of patients, one of them a woman who literally wraps herself around him as he struggles to pull a tooth and another, a man with a beard so thick that Fields states: "I can't even find his mouth." None of it makes any sense and it's all played strictly for whatever laughs anyone can get out of the character that W.C. Fields invented for pre-code audiences.

Summing up: Not for the squeamish. Anyone preparing for their next dental appointment better avoid this one. The politically correct may be offended by some of the ethnic humor--particularly the "yellow jaundice" joke about a Jap.


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