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The Fatal Glass of Beer [1933]

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Director:Clyde Bruckman
Writer:W.C. Fields
Length:19 minutes
MPAA Rating:UR
Sorting Category:Comedy
IMDB Rating:6.9/10
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  • Family
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Synopsis: The prodigal son of a Yukon prospector comes home on a night that "ain't fit for man nor beast."


Reaction: Pretty funny. Fields has some nice comic chops on him.


Personal Rating: 7/10

Select Cast and Crew
Clyde Bruckman => Director
W.C. Fields => Writer / Mr. Snavely
Artie Ortego => Indian Chief (uncredited)
Balto => Siberian Husky (uncredited)
Ernie Alexander => Student Drinker (uncredited)
George Chandler => Chester Snavely the wastrel son
George Moran => Indian Chief (uncredited)
Gordon Douglas => Student Drinker (uncredited)
Jack Cooper => Officer (uncredited)
Junior Fuller => Student Drinker (uncredited)
Marvin Loback => Bartender (uncredited)
Richard Cramer => Officer Posthlewhistle Canadian Mounted Police (as Rychard Cramer)
Rosemary Theby => Mrs. Snavely
Ted Stroback => Student Drinker (uncredited)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • On his 2001 album 'Love And Theft', [?] Bob Dylan quotes Fields from this film when he sings in '{Lonesome Day Blues},' "well the road's washed out, the weather's not fit for man or beast!"
  • One of four shorts W.C. Fields made with Mack Sennett at Paramount.
  • In W.C. Fields' first sound film, The Golf Specialist (1930) there is a wanted poster of Fields which shows him in his "Fatal Glass of Beer" costume. It evidently was taken from an earlier stage presentation of the classic Fields sketch.