The Barber Shop (1933)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Absurd Comedy, Satire  |   Run Time - 21 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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In his last two-reeler for Mack Sennett, W. C. Fields plays small-town barber Cornelius O'Hare. The film's wisp of a storyline concerns an escaped criminal (Cyril Ring), who demands that O'Hare give him a haircut and who is eventually captured by a small boy -- even though our "hero" tries to grab the credit. As if we care a hoot about the plot! Best bits: Fields "babysitting" a troublesome infant; a haphazard shaving session, with the customer barely escaping with his ears and lower lip intact; and all that byplay with a bass fiddle named Lena. The magnificent Elise Cavanna, who played the hyperathletic patient in Fields' The Dentist (1932), appears as the great man's long-suffering wife.

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escaped-convict, barber, boy, employer/employee, gangster, gossip