The Dentist (1932) – IMDb

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After preliminaries with ice and golf, dentist Fields turns to the problems of his patients. He wrestles one woman all over the office during an extraction. One man is so heavily bearded he can’t find the man’s mouth and uses a shotgun to flush out birds.
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This film is included on “W.C. Fields – Six Short Films”, which is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #79. See more »


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[first lines]

Where are my glasses?

Mary – Dentist’s Daughter:
They’re on your head.

Oh, yeah, thanks. Where’s the newspaper?

Mary – Dentist’s Daughter:
You’re sitting on it.

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Alternate Versions

Censored reissue prints have at least three changes:

  • 1. The sexually suggestive tooth-pulling scene is removed
  • 2. “They can take this golf course and st…” is blanked out
  • 3. “Ah, the hell with her!” is covered by an additional patient moan.
  • Also, intrusive music and sound effects were added at some point.
  • The Criterion laserdisc and DVD contain a version that restores the tooth-pulling scene and the original credits, but have the censored dialog and additional music and sound effects.

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