Tuesday short film: The Golf Specialist (1930)

20 min slapstick comedy short. My favorite of the W.C. Fields short films I have seen.

The early scenes in the hotel lobby are amusing, especially his encounter with the little girl.
The sheet of paper about the reward, where Mr Bellweather’s missteps are listed is a fun read.

What really makes this great though is the second half, which is pure gold, the waiting to tee off sequence is hilarious, and that caddie is the worst in history. I was laughing out loud. The end scene is perfect.

Apparently was based on a Ziegfield Follies sketch titled “An Episode on the Links”, written and performed by W.C. Fields before he made the transition to film.

On a side note, last year Wendell at Dell on Movies introduced me to his favorite TV-show The Honeymooners.  If you enjoyed the short above, you may also get a kick out of this scene from the classic episode The Golfer (1955)

Favorite short films (part 1) (part 2) (part 3)


  1. Awww, this takes me down memory lane of watching reruns on Saturday afternoons. Amazingly the Honeymooners was still on tv in syndication in the 80s.

    1. @msmariah: You’re welcome. I had not even heard of The Honeymooners until recently, happy to have found it

  2. Having enjoyed Fields' It's a Gift and The Bank Dick, I'll definitely check out this short. Looks good.

    1. @Josh: I’ve seen maybe 5-7 W.C. Fields short films and The Golf Specialist (1930) made me laugh the most.


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