The Bank Dick (1940)

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Henpecked Egbert Sousè has comic adventures as a substitute film director and unlikely bank guard.


(as Edward Cline)


(original screen play) (as Mahatma Kane Jeeves)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cora Witherspoon ...
Agatha Sousé
Una Merkel ...
Myrtle Sousé
Evelyn Del Rio ...
Elsie Mae Adele Brunch Sousé
Jessie Ralph ...
Mrs. Hermisillo Brunch
J. Pinkerton Snoopington
Joe Guelpe
Dick Purcell ...
Mackley Q. Greene (as Richard Purcell)
Grady Sutton ...
Og Oggilby
Russell Hicks ...
J. Frothingham Waterbury
Pierre Watkin ...
Mr. Skinner
Al Hill ...
Filthy McNasty
George Moran ...
Cozy Cochran
Bill Wolfe ...
Jack Norton ...
A. Pismo Clam


Egbert Sousé leads an ordinary life but is about to have an extraordinary day. Henpecked at home home by his demanding wife Agatha and more or less ignored by his daughter Myrtle, he sets off for the day. He comes across a movie shoot whose drunken director hasn't shown up for work and Egbert, saying he has experience, is hired. Afterward, he gets credit for stopping bank robbers and is rewarded with a job as the bank guard. He seems headed for trouble however when he convinces his son-in-law Og, a teller at the same bank, to use $500 for can't lose investment. The investment is a scam however and when the bank examiner arrives, it looks bad for them. As you would expect however, it all turns out well in the end. Written by garykmcd

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Was His Face Red . . . And His Nose, Too ! when the bandits took the money . . . and the SAFE !




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Release Date:

29 November 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Great Man  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The newspaper being read by Egbert Sousé is the Lompoc Picayune Intelligencer. See more »


During the car chase, after Egbert Souse' has removed the windshield, it is back on the car twice, first, after passing the woman on the road, and second, when the chase is finished and the car comes to rest. See more »


Egbert Sousé: Ten cents a share. Telephone sold for five cents a share. How would you like something better for ten cents a share? If five gets ya ten, ten'll get ya twenty. A beautiful home in the country, upstairs and down. Beer flowing through the estate over your grandmother's paisley shawl.
Og Oggilby: Beer?
Egbert Sousé: Beer! Fishing in the stream that runs under the aboreal dell. A man comes up from the bar, dumps $3,500 in your lap for every nickel invested. Says to you, "Sign here on the dotted line." And then disappears in...
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Referenced in The Sopranos: 46 Long (1999) See more »


Listen to the Mockingbird
(1855) (uncredited)
Music by Richard Milburn
Whistled by Shemp Howard.
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Classic Fields!
18 May 1999 | by (Denver, CO) – See all my reviews

'The Bank Dick' is a wonderful piece of comedy from W.C. Fields. He plays the town loser, who is given a job as a bank security guard when it appears that he helped stop a bank robbery. Fields' scenes with Franklin Pangborn as the bank examiner are the highlight of the film. The climactic chase sequence, with Fields mentioning points of interest as he is chased by the police, is also hilarious. Only a sequence early in the film, in which Fields pretends to be a Hollywood film director, fails to delight. Overall, a comedy classic!

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