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W.C. Fields: 6 Short Films
     

W.C. Fields: 6 Short Films

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This box set contains a half-dozen films starring the legendary screen comic W.C. Fields. Pool Sharks, The Golf Specialist, The Dentist, The Fatal Glass of Beer, The Pharmacist, and The Barber Shop are each presented in the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1.

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This box set contains a half-dozen films starring the legendary screen comic W.C. Fields. Pool Sharks, The Golf Specialist, The Dentist, The Fatal Glass of Beer, The Pharmacist, and The Barber Shop are each presented in the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Amy Robinson
This indispensable collection contains six of W. C. Fields's best-known comic shorts in one tidy package. Although none of these films is as stringent as his classic feature The Bank Dick, they nevertheless give viewers the opportunity to see the master's nascent persona emerging -- flashing glimpses of the weary misanthrope that was to become Fields's specialty. Camera trickery is employed to enhance a not-so-friendly game between romantic rivals in Fields's first film, the silent Pool Shark. Our man utterly fails to tee off in The Golf Specialist, a wickedly elaborate exercise in futility. The Fatal Glass of Beer offers an outrageous parody of Frozen North melodramas. And The Dentist, The Pharmacist, and The Barber Shop all play variations on the basic theme of Fields as a middle class tradesman juggling family woes with professional troubles. Each of these hilarious shorts is simply constructed: A stock comic situation is set up, and Fields proceeds to riff on it, brilliantly, for a reel or two. They add up to a magnificent collection, one that allows the acerbic genius of this American original to shine through.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/22/2000
UPC:
0715515010726
Rating:
NR
Source:
Criterion
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[silent, Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
1:55:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Elise Cavanna Actor,Patient (Miss Mason)
Lorena Carr Actor
W.C. Fields Dentist,J. Effingham Bellweather,Mr. Snavely,The Pool Shark,Actor
Babe Kane Daughter,Actor
Bud Ross His Adversary
Rosemary Theby Mrs. Snavely
Arnold Gray Arthur the iceman
Dagmar Oakland Actor
Rychard Cramer Officer Posthlewhistle
George Chandler Chester the wastrel son
Harry Watson Actor
Dorothy Granger Patient (Miss Peppitone)
Ernie Alexander Student
Frank Yaconelli Actor
Grady Sutton Actor

Technical Credits
Arthur Ripley Director
Clyde Bruckman Director
Edwin Middleton Director
Leslie Pearce Director
Monte Brice Director

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W.C. Fields: 6 Short Films 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
No wonder the price is so low! These prints are a disgrace, both visually and in audio quality. An insult to the genius of the great W. C. Fields.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The previous poster must own a bargain-priced DVD of the same prints. First time I've heard of "low prices" and "Criterion" in the same sentence! Fields' short films are in the public domain and have been available on low-quality videos for more than 20 years. This Criterion edition offers the best-quality prints you'll find anywhere, although the sound tracks (especially on "The Pharmacist" and "The Barber Shop") are in rough shape.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago