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The Bank Dick (1940)

 -  Comedy  -  29 November 1940 (USA)
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Henpecked Egbert Sousè has comic adventures as a substitute film director and unlikely bank guard.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Egbert Sousè
Cora Witherspoon ...
Agatha Sousè
Una Merkel ...
Myrtle Sousè
Evelyn Del Rio ...
Elsie Mae Adele Brunch Sousè
Jessie Ralph ...
Mrs. Hermisillo Brunch
Franklin Pangborn ...
J. Pinkerton Snoopington
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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
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Storyline

Egbert Souse, "accent grave over the e", henpecked by his whole family, is recruited to replace a drunken film director, then seems to have captured a bank robber and is hired as guard in the Lompoc Bank, where Og Oggilby, his daughter's fiancée, is teller. Souse persuades Og to embezzle $500 to buy phony stock; then the bank examiner shows up. Can Souse keep him occupied for four days? The climax is an extended chase sequence. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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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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Comedy

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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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Trivia

Egbert falsely brags to Dick Purcell that he worked with Mack Sennett in order to get the job. W.C. Fields actually did a series of shorts with the legendary comedy producer in the early 1930s. See more »

Goofs

During the Chase scene, "McNasty' is shown in the back seat of the car. In the next scene, he is in the front seat (with some dialog), then in the next scene he is in the back seat again. See more »

Quotes

J. Pinkerton Snoopington: Can't we, eh, pull the shade?
Egbert Sousé: You can pull anything you want in here. It's a regular joint.
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Connections

Featured in W.C. Fields: Straight Up (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Home Sweet Home
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Music by H.R. Bishop
Background music near the beginning of the movie and at the end
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Classic Comedy That Gets Even Better As It Goes Along
4 October 2002 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

W.C. Fields uses his expert timing and his large collection of gags to make "The Bank Dick" a classic comedy that gets even better as it goes along. The amusing, tangled plot gives Fields plenty of material to work with, and the other characters also pitch in to keep you smiling.

After a few amusing introductory scenes that introduce Egbert Sousé, the kind of character Fields loved to play, things really start rolling once Egbert somehow manages to land a job as a bank detective. The wackier the plot gets, the more it shows just how effective Fields's dry style can be. His stoic character and the confusion going on around him often make a hilarious combination. It's very entertaining, goes by quickly, and is filled with comic detail that makes it just as funny when you watch it over again.


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