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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:
... Dentist
Marjorie Kane ... Mary - Dentist's Daughter (as 'Babe' Kane)
... Arthur - The Iceman
... Miss Peppitone - Patient
Elise Cavanna ... Miss Mason - Patient
Zedna Farley ... Dental Assistant
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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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patient | dentist | ice | golf | ladder | See All (56) »

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Comedy | Short

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9 December 1932 (USA)  »

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Hammaslääkäri  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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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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I liked it though I'm not a W.C. Fields fan.
25 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

I know the movie is a comedy short, but it didn't strike me as being terribly funny. Yet that's what I've come to expect of Fields' work. True, the movie had a number of amusing lines and situations, but I find it more interesting as a peek into American life in 1932. First, the Dentist had his office in his home. Second, his all-black dental equipment, common for the time, looked like instruments of torture. Third, he had an ice box in his kitchen, not a refrigerator -- though in upper middle-class fashion of the time, it had a white enamel exterior, not wood. Though I haven't viewed the film in a number of years, I also recall the interesting wearing apparel in the golf course scenes, most notably the knickers; the clubs had wood shafts; but the course itself appeared very contemporary. Then again, the tee-fairway-green structure of golf courses is pretty much the same today as it was more than 70 years ago. True, the sound quality is very crude, but this movie was made just five years after the very first film "talkie" amazed its audiences.


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