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The Barber Shop (1933)

TV-G | | Comedy, Short | 28 July 1933 (USA)
An inept barber maintains his good-humored optimism in his small town shop despite having a hen-pecking harridan for a wife and a total lack of tonsorial skill.

Director:

Arthur Ripley

Writer:

W.C. Fields (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
W.C. Fields ... Cornelius O'Hare
Elise Cavanna Elise Cavanna ... Mrs. O'Hare
Harry Watson Harry Watson ... Ronald O'Hare
Dagmar Oakland ... Hortense
John Sinclair John Sinclair ... Mr. Flugg (as John St. Clair)
Cyril Ring ... Escaped Bank Robber
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Storyline

Barber O'Hair has a vegetarian wife at home a pretty manicurist at work. A dog sits in the barbershop which O'Hair explains: "One day I was shaving a man and cut his ear off. And the dog got it. Been back here ever since." Oh, and he captures a bank robber. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Comedy | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 July 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Barber See more »

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Production Co:

Mack Sennett Comedies See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film is included on "W.C. Fields - Six Short Films", which is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #79. See more »

Quotes

Customer: What's the dog doing, there?
Cornelius O'Hare: Oh, it's a very funny thing. The other day a man was in here and I was shaving him. The razor skipped, and I cut his ear off. Ever since then, he's been hanging around here for a...
[shoos dog]
Cornelius O'Hare: G'way, g'way, g'way!
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Connections

Edited into W.C. Fields: 6 Short Films (2000) See more »

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W. C. Fields and he does NOT hate his kids!!
22 July 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is one of the oddest films I've seen of W. C. Fields because he seems to genuinely like his son! The young boy loves to tell really lame riddles and W. C. encourages him and acts pretty tenderly towards the kid (at least compared to the usual fare from this comedian). Children are either just tolerated or hated in his films. A good example was his famous line "Of course I love kids,....boiled". For whatever reason, this film is unusual in this respect.

Now as for the film itself, this one is very similar to THE PHARMACIST in that it is a very slow slice of life short, though it does have more gags and a more "Fields-like" ending. Don't expect the craziness of Fields shorts like THE DENTIST or THE FATAL GLASS OF BEER, but this isn't a positive or negative thing--I like both styles of his work. Funny, well-paced and cute--this is an excellent Fields short.


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