The Dentist (1932)




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W.C. Fields stars as the subject of this classic comedy short, which he also wrote the screenplay for. The dentist is a misanthropic, absent-minded sort who keeps an office in the same house that he shares with his rebellious young daughter. One morning she announces that she has fallen in love with Arthur, the iceman. Fields won't have it, and scares the poor Romeo off when he tries to make his daily "delivery." The hubbub makes him late for his golf game. When he tees off, the ball knocks an elderly man out cold but he plays through regardless, trying to cheat wherever possible. Frustrated by a particularly difficult hole, Fields loses his temper and tosses all of his clubs (and the caddy) into a water trap. Back at the office, the dentist locks his daughter in her room to prevent her from eloping with the iceman, and takes out all his frustrations on his patients (whom he refers to as "buzzards" and "palookas"). An attractive young girl naively bends over to show where a little dog bit her, a sophisticated society dame is driven into bizarre contortions while Fields sadistically drills, and a strange "little fella" ends up with a mouth full of broken teeth and birds in his beard. Through it all, the dentist treats everyone with disdain, but his well-deserved comeuppance is on the way.
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W.C. Fields
as Dentist
Arnold Gray
as Arthur the iceman
Elise Cavanna
as Patient (Miss Mason)
Zedna Farley
as Dental Assistant
Billy Bletcher
as Bearded patient
Harry Bowen
as Joe, the pal
Chester Clute
as Nervous patient
Bobby Dunn
as Dentist's Caddy
Bud Jamison
as Charley Frobisher
Emma Tansey
as Old Lady
Babe Kane
as Daughter
Dorothy Granger
as Patient (Miss Peppitone)
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Critic Reviews for The Dentist

All Critics (8)

hardcore misanthropic humor.

Full Review… | March 23, 2006
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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September 13, 2005
Boxoffice Magazine

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August 9, 2005

Ribald, hilarious Fields short

October 19, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

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October 8, 2004
Reeling Reviews

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February 8, 2004
Q Network Film Desk

Audience Reviews for The Dentist


How did they get the tooth pulling scene past the censors?

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