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The Barber Shop (1933)

Passed | | 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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Genres:

Comedy | Short

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 July 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Barber See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mack Sennett Comedies See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film is included on "W.C. Fields - Six Short Films", which is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #79. See more »

Quotes

Cornelius O'Hare: [after the unconscious bank robber has landed on him] Let me up! Let me up! Let me up!
[desperately]
Cornelius O'Hare: I didn't try to get ya! I like bandits! Some of my best friends are bandits! The president of the bank comes up to our house!
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Very Enjoyable, With Fields in Fine Form
9 June 2005 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

With the great W.C. Fields in fine form, and a setup that provides him with a lot of good material, "The Barber Shop" is a very enjoyable short comedy. It is filled with the kinds of details and subtle gags that make Fields's comedies worth watching attentively.

"The Barber Shop" closely resembles the Fields feature "The Pharmacist", with very similar settings and stories. Both are very good, and in both of them Elise Cavanna is funny as the domineering wife of Fields's character. Both have some gags that are deliberately absurd, and others that are less obvious. Both feature amusing exchanges between Fields and numerous customers.

When Fields was at his best, he could really get across the wackiness of so much of what happens in daily life, and that's one of the things that works quite well here.


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