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The Dentist (1932)

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

Certificate:

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One of four shorts Fields made with Mack Sennett at Paramount. 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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Pretty Good Short With a Good Role For Fields
25 July 2001 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This is a pretty good short comedy, with W.C. Fields in a role that works very well for him, as an irascible and absent-minded dentist, and several settings that offer the chance for some good comic material. The dentist has some difficulties with his daughter at home, then has some mishaps on the golf course, and finally heads to the office for more trouble. There is a good blend of sight gags and dialogue jokes. Some of the gags are quite clever, and Fields usually helps the more routine ones to come across pretty well, too. This should be worth a look for anyone who likes these 30's-style short comedies.


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