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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.


Arthur Ripley


W.C. Fields (story)




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


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


Cornelius O'Hare: [after the unconscious bank robber has landed on him] Let me up! Let me up! Let me up!
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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Referenced in The Great Man: W.C. Fields (2005) See more »

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Great classic Fields short
5 June 2001 | by SchlockmeisterSee all my reviews

W. C. Fields had done a few silent shorts in the "teens" but it really did take sound to capture him at his best. He is not only a physical comedian, capable of broad slapstick, he is one of the best verbal comedians around, especially when allowed to ad-lib, as he does here. The story follows the adventures of barber Cornelius O'Hare through his extremely busy day. It has the look of a vaudeville routine, which no doubt it was based on. Fields' almost constant patter makes all his movies worth rewatching, just to catch his subtle remarks, often made under his breath and very quickly. I have read that, at the beginning of the short, as Fields is sitting out front of his shop, making rude comnents about people as they go by, that this is a tribute to his mother, who acted just like this as Fields was a boy, commenting cuttingly on the neighbors. If you like sardonic humor, Fields is the man for you. Recommended highly along with any of his other shorts as in these shorter films, much more is packed in and nothing is allowed to lag.

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28 July 1933 (USA) See more »

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Mack Sennett Comedies See more »
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1.37 : 1
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