(aka '6 W.C. Fields Short Films')

directed by Monte Brice, Edwin Middleton, Arthur Ripley, Clyde Bruckman and Leslie Pearce
USA 19
15 - 1933


  W. C. Fields’ prolific career placed him at the forefront of slapstick comedy. Gathered here are six gems that feature the comic genius at his peak: The Golf Specialist, Pool Sharks (silent), The Pharmacist, The Fatal Glass of Beer, The Barber Shop, and, of course, the notorious The Dentist.

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Theatrical Release: 1915 - 1933

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DVD Review: Criterion - Region 0 - NTSC

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"The Golf Specialist" (1930, 21 min.)
"The Pool Sharks" (1915, 11 min., silent)
"The Pharmacist" (1933, 20 min.)
"The Fatal Glass of Beer" (1933, 19 min.)
"The Barber Shop" (1933, 22 min.)
"The Dentist" (1932, 22 min.)

Total = 1:51:48

Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 9.13 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English (Dolby Digital 1.0) 
Subtitles English, None

Release Information:
Studio: Criterion / Home Vision

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Edition Details:

• 6-page liner notes with essay by Dennis Perin 

DVD Release Date: August 22nd, 2000

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Chapters: 6




None of these transfers are progressive. The quality really varies with each film and as there is a spread of almost 20 years - so no doubt or fault to Criterion. I thought the silent "The Pool Sharks" was quite exceptional. In fact, only "The Dentist" and "The Barber Shop" seemed to distract me from the film content with their poorer, hazier quality. Good film grain shows through in some of the shorts and the subtitles are excellent. No extras, and hence, the lower price tier for Criterion. Fields fans should definitely pick-up, but a warning to other - his comedic reputation may exceed his accessibility for some. out of   

NOTE: (Thanks Ed!) The four Paramount films on the disk have added music and sound effects that were not in the original release. I believe this was done to modernize the shorts for re-release years later. I'm surprised that Criterion didn't catch this error.

Gary W. Tooze


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