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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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prodigal son | bond | ice | pump | herd | See All (72) »

Genres:

Short | Comedy

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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 »

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

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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Connections

Featured in The Great Man: W.C. Fields (2005) See more »

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An absolute gem and delightful to watch
14 December 2001 | by llltdesqSee all my reviews

This is quite possibly the crown jewel in the long and illustrious career of an extremely troubled and very funny man. Fields has a field day sending up a style of melodrama popular at the time. At one and the same time, this is atypical of Fields' work generally, but still has his fingerprints all over it as well. Highlights are far too numerous to list, but Fields's rendition of the song, "The Fatal Glass of Beer" (you can't really accurately call it singing), the running gag, "It ain't a fit night out for man or beast" and the ending are hilariously perfect, with a sense of timing of which Chaplin would have been proud. Most joyously recommended


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