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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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Leslie Pearce
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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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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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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One W.C.'s best shorts
20 August 2000 | by MartaSee all my reviews

W.C. Fields plays the title role in this short, and he's not a dentist I'd want to visit but he's extremely funny. There are all sorts of classic throw away gags in here, from melting a heavy 50 pound block of ice on the stove down to ice cube size to make it easier to carry, to a man with a huge beard, in which the dentist can't seem to find his mouth. Trying to pull a tooth from a society matron, he and the patient assume every possible position as he attempts to get the tooth out. At one point he's carrying her around while hanging onto the tooth with pliers. Ouch! While this is going on, he's also trying to stop his daughter from going out with the ice man, by locking her in her room. Very inventive and still very funny.


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