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The Fatal Glass of Beer (1933)

The prodigal son of a Yukon prospector comes home on a night that "ain't fit for man nor beast."

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Clyde Bruckman
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
W.C. Fields ... Pa Snavely
Rosemary Theby ... Ma Snavely
George Chandler ... Chester Snavely - Their Son
Richard Cramer ... Officer Posthlewhistle (as Rychard Cramer)
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Storyline

Mr. Snavely, a Yukon prospector, lost his only son years ago to the temptations of the big city; now the prodigal Chester, released from prison, comes home to Ma and Pa. A parody of Yukon melodrama; includes the famous looking-out-the-door routine. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Short | Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

It Ain't a Fit Night Out for Man or Beast See more »

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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 W.C. Fields made with Mack Sennett at Paramount. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Pa Snavely: [knock at the door] Who's thar?
Officer Posthlewhistle: Officer Posthlewhistle of the the Canadian Mounted.
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Connections

Referenced in George Washington Slept Here (1942) See more »

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all-time classic
21 February 2007 | by jonathan-577See all my reviews

Pompous ass Harold Bloom calls this the greatest film of all time, and I see what he means. It's an elaborate parody of the then-current northern melodrama - the family in the cabin worryin' and cryin', milking the elk amid the sloppy-cut rear projections, mushing the dachshund, spilling a hatful of soap flakes in the soup. W. C. Fields is an a-hole the way Eminem is an a-hole, it's a floating theme. He also plays the dulcimer with his mits on, narrates the tale of the salvation army girl who high-kicked his son in the forehead, "A trick she'd learned before she had been saved," has a crying fit with a mouth full of crackers. And more - all in eighteen minutes. It rocks!


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