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TEN NIGHTS IN A BAR-ROOM (1930) and THE FATAL GLASS OF BEER (1933)
TEN NIGHTS IN A BAR-ROOM (1930)
and THE FATAL GLASS OF BEER (1933)
TEN NIGHTS IN A BAR-ROOM starring William Farnum and Tom Santschi. Farnum and Santschi recreate their famous fight scene from THE SPOILERS in this film which chronicles a good man's descent into the horrors of alcoholism. Although this is a melodrama which extols the virtues of temperance, it suffers from none of the stiffness you'd expect from a morality tale from the early sound era. It's actually quite lively and well paced with good comedy relief, music, singing and dancing. Very entertaining and quite a surprise! The original film material shows its fair share of wear, but not enough to interfere with your enjoyment of the movie. Recommended!
THE FATAL GLASS OF BEER starring W.C. Fields, Rosemary Theby, George Chandler and Rychard Cramer. Directed by Clyde Bruckman. Speaking of temperance, who better to teach us about the evils of drink than W.C.Fields? Through song and flashback, Fields (a poor miner in the frozen north) tells the story of his son, Chester, who was coerced into taking a drink and thus ruining his life. This film parodies all of the hammy, melodramatic elements of the morality tale that TEN NIGHTS IN A BAR-ROOM so skillfully avoids. The result is - simply put - hysterical! This is easily one of the funniest films ever made!
By the way, Rosemary Theby plays the long-suffering wife in both films.
William Farnum, Tom Santschi, W.C. Fields, Rosemary Theby, George Chandler and Rychard Cramer