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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) »

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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 »

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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

On his 2001 album 'Love And Theft', Bob Dylan quotes Fields from this film when he sings in 'Lonesome Day Blues,' "well the road's washed out, the weather's not fit for man or beast!" 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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Sorry I Done It.
4 January 2018 | by rmax304823See all my reviews

I take this to be a satire on the original "Fatal Glass of Beer" of thirteen years earlier (directed by Todd Browning!) and a poke in the eye of all maudlin movies about remorse and the return of the prodigal son.

It's the Canadian Northwest during a brutal blizzard. Fields, all wrapped up, sings a sad song to a visiting Mountie while playing the dulcimer with a massive mitten. bringing the listener to tears.

Returning home to his wife after "milking the moose", he finds his son returning home after being released from prison, sentenced after having had a single glass of beer that prompted him to steal some valuable bonds.

"Tell me, son, what did you do with the bonds?" And then guess what happens.

Funniest running gag. Five times -- count 'em -- five, Field stands in a doorway and proclaims that it's not a fit day out for man or beast, and has a bucket full of fake snow thrown in his face from offscreen.

Not Field's best. It's lost some luster over the years because maudlin movies are harder to find. Today, Fields satire would have to be directed at action movies.


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