The 12 Days of Blogmas – Day 8

Day8

Once again I’m playing cinematic Santa Claus, rewarding movie and TV clips to bloggers with similar interests! (Click here for a more detailed description of this self-indulgent holiday whim.)

Today’s lucky recipient is Karen at the blog shadowsandsatin. Karen’s bill of fare is primarily “pre-Code” movies — the racier movies that Hollywood made prior to the induction of the censorious Production Code. And nobody gets down-and-dirtier about these pre-Coders than Karen. (She even spotlights a different movie once a month under the heading “Pre-Code Crazy.”)

I can’t think anything livelier to provide to Karen than W.C. Fields’ 1932 short subject The Dentist. Fields’ screen character is always remembered as a cranky misanthrope. But in The Dentist, he even outdoes himself — cursing, throwing golf caddies into ponds, and (in the movie’s most notorious scene) getting a nervous dental patient’s long legs laboriously entwined around him.

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It looks as though she’s preparing to get drilled.

For your viewing pleasure, The Dentist is embedded below. Enjoy, and join us tomorrow for Day 9!

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