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.See more details below

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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

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