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The Pharmacist (1933)

A henpecked but stoic pharmacist tries to maintains his precarious balance while dealing with demanding customers and his dysfunctional family.

Director:

Arthur Ripley

Writer:

W.C. Fields (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
W.C. Fields ... Mr. Dilweg
Marjorie Kane Marjorie Kane ... Priscilla Dilweg (as Babe Kane)
Elise Cavanna Elise Cavanna ... Mrs. Grace Dilweg
Grady Sutton ... Cuthbert Smith
Lorena Carr Lorena Carr ... Ooleota Dilweg
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Storyline

A hard-working, hen-pecked pharmacist, harried by a shrewish spouse, dysfunctional family, and demanding clientele, maintains his patience and a stoic optimism by imbibing frequent martinis. His termagant wife and self-absorbed daughters show little appreciation of his efforts to keep his precarious business profitable by selling bootleg liquor under the counter despite the suspicions of the local sheriff. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com0

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Genres:

Comedy | Short

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 April 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Buy America See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mack Sennett Comedies See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Pharmacist Dilweg, trying to interest a prospective customer in something, points to a puppet of W.C. Fields and exclaims, "Rather amusing little beggar." See more »

Quotes

Dyspeptic customer: A person hasn't got any rights in this country anymore! The government even tells you what color stamps you gotta buy!
Mr. Dilweg: Yes, it's pretty tough. That's the Democratic Party for you. I've written to Washington about it.
Dyspeptic customer: What do you want to write to Washington for? He's dead!
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Referenced in The Great Man: W.C. Fields (2005) See more »

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Very enjoyable short from W.C Fields.
6 August 2017 | by alexanderdavies-99382See all my reviews

W.C Fields should have made more short comedies before settling into feature length films. His style translated to comedy shorts better in some ways than with his feature films. "The Pharmacist" has Fields once again playing a henpecked husband who is struggling to keep his pharmacy business successful. He has customers who don't buy anything, a run in with a wanted outlaw and two daughters who are about as much use as a pair of ice skates in the sand! There are some good moments and Fields has some witty dialogue to work with.


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