Wakefield CAMRA Homepage Ale On DVD Index Bob Wallis (reviewer)
Fatal Glass of Beer
This classic 21 minute silent style film but with
early sound is available on several bargain price W.C.Fields compilations.
It's a Mack Sennett comedy played with the usual dry W.C.Fields delivery.
The son of prospector Pa Snaveley has gone to the
big city and fallen in with a bad lot, so that he slips into a life of
The running gags will have you in stitches and
you'll be chiming in with the punch-lines. The wobbly and absurd
back-projection is a hoot, too. Listen out for the line "Tastes like
cornflakes" about the fake snow! Prodigal son Chester is played by
George Chandler and Rosemary Theby is Ma Snaveley. It pre-dates Morecambe
and Wise and Monty Python by several decades. If you've thought just of
the oft-cited mysogynistic pronouncements of W.C., watch this and marvel
at his comic genius.
©RKW from the Summer 2006 edition of O-to-K