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W.C. Fields - Six Classic Shorts [1915] [DVD]


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  • Directors: Arthur Ripley, Edwin Middleton, Monte Brice, Leslie Pearce, Clyde Bruckman
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Quantum Leap
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Mar 2003
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000083EFL
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,077 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Tyke VINE VOICE on 5 Dec 2005
Format: DVD
Some of Fields' best comic sketches are on this DVD.
'The Pool Shark' is the only silent offering and is a very early (possibly his first?) appearance on film. Simple plot – Fields vies with other suitors for the hand of a female. Standard silent fare of the time and the disk would not have lost anything if this had been omitted.
The remaining five however are gems and all of them somewhat surreal by the standard of the time in which they were made. Fields did not spoon-feed his audience. His trademark bumbling and mumbling require close attention to pick up on what he says and does. Moreover, there is much more savage and sexy humour in these films than their age would suggest.
'The Pharmacist' has Fields in the title role, with gangly, nagging wife and two slightly unruly daughters. He trundles along, being nice to the awkward customers and irritated by his older daughter's romance and his younger daughter's appetite for live birds.
In 'The Barber Shop' Fields plays an incompetent barber in a small town. Some great verbal and sight gags in this, one or two of them probably old even then, but the sketch is none the worse for that.
'The Golf Specialist' has the feel of being originally part of his stage act. A quirky offering, with Fields as an hotel guest, who is being sought by debtors and lawmen, yet nonchalantly attempts to show his golf prowess to the house detective's wife. A good deal of comic business ensues with a bent club, a sticky pie and a large dead bird.
In the title role of 'The Dentist' Fields incompetently copes with his wilful daughter, a bad memory and a variety of bizarre patients, all of whom irritate him because he'd rather be playing golf.
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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Raffoboy on 4 April 2008
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Trouble is, the memories are of the clunky old days of VHS tape. This DVD has no interactive menu, so individual films or scenes cannot be selected. Nor can you jump to your required film, chapter by chapter, because the chapters are merely ten-minute chunks, which bear no relation to the lengths of the films or scenes: Jump forward from Pool Sharks and you land somewhere in the middle of The Golf Specialist. Jump again, and everyone is stood around a dentist's chair. Fast forwarding is the only option, or watching the entire DVD every time. Deeply annoying.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S J Buck TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Nov 2012
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I really wanted the full, but very expensive boxed set of Fields films, but this very cheap set will have to do for the moment. I've watched four films so far, and I love the films. The quality varies, but one of these films is 97 years old. So be realistic in your expectation. Fields timimg is superb, and is helped by some quality writing. The Dentist is probably my favourite so far. Can't really fault the product for the price I paid. As a sampler, if you've never seen W C Fields before, this is undoubtedly the best value set available.
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By John Dew on 19 Feb 2014
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A strange and wonderful man. His work is not for everyone but those that have a bit of patience are well reworded.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dran Ward on 8 Mar 2012
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W.C. Fields Shorts, they have plenty of his gags in them. This small collection of some of his earlier work had me laughing many times.
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