Films of Fields #19: The Pharmacist

Fields Barber Shop

We’ll be blogging about comedian W.C. Fields all through November and December as part of our tribute to the comedian called Fields Fest.  For a full list upcoming live Fields Fest events go here. 

The Pharmacist (1933), directed by Arthur Ripley, is one of a handful of shorts Fields made for Mack Sennett, and one of the earliest talkie iterations of a character Fields had done many times in sketches on Broadway and in some of his silent features: that of the harried, hen-pecked small town professional man (in this case, a drug store owner, who happens to sell bootleg hooch on the side). Along the way he takes guff from everybody: his customers, his daughters, and above all his wife (Marjorie Kane). Soon enough he would be exploring this milieu in a lot more depth in his Paramount features of the 30s, like You’re Telling Me and It’s a Gift (both 1934).

Here it is!


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