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The Fatal Glass of Beer (1933)

Passed | | Short, Comedy | 3 March 1933 (USA)
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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Genres:

Short | Comedy

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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

Seven times in this 18 minute short, W.C. Fields performs the same gag where he opens the door to an outside snowstorm and says, "And it ain't a fit night out for man or beast." Each time it's performed, except the last one at the end of the film, the gag ends when he gets a blast of snow blown into his face. 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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My favorite Fields short
11 March 2001 | by carlgt1See all my reviews

When I first saw this film I was wondering if it would be a spoof of Chaplin's "Gold Rush." However it's totally different. Fields is excellent and the film has a very good moral! ;-) I love the very sad song he sings which doesn't seem to have a rhyme in it.

One warning however, for DVD fans. The version I have was on a cheap DVD (along with "The Dentist" and "Golf Specialist"). Apparently, the company did a very bad job of porting the film over to digital because the soundtrack of every film is off by about 2 seconds. So the dialogue & sound effects are very mismatched. There is another company that puts out a DVD which is better quality but apparently while the overall quality is better, the version of "The Dentist" is censored & has cheezy music added in.


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