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The Bank Dick (1940)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 29 November 1940 (USA)
Henpecked Egbert Sousè has comic adventures as a substitute film director and unlikely bank guard.

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(as Edward Cline)

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(original screen play) (as Mahatma Kane Jeeves)
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Cast

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

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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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

In a 1970's interview with Richard Schickel, Orson Welles claimed that W. C. Fleids called himself "Mahatma Kane Jeeves" in his screenwriting credit as a tribute to Welles. Welles did amateur magic shows as "The Great Mahatma," directed and starred in "Citizen Kane," and "Jeeves" came from the butler character in P. G. Wodehouse's novels, which both Welles and Fields admired. See more »

Goofs

When Snoopington is in the bank preparing to examine the books, the bank employee helping him is heard saying, "Let me give you a hand here", but the actor's lips are not moving. See more »

Quotes

Egbert Sousé: Now, leave everything to me. I'll do the worry. Be happy! Gay! I'll have the management send you up a radio. Come on, Doc, we better be going. Toodle-oo.
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Connections

References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Listen to the Mockingbird
(1855) (uncredited)
Music by Richard Milburn
Whistled by Shemp Howard
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All time classic and Fields best for sure
30 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is so brilliant, it is almost sad that Fields did not make more movies than he did. As 1940 approached, he actually was doing his best work but was in deteriorating health through his death in 1946. This movie was all written and done under Field's supervision and a masterpiece it is.

The all time funniest scene in movie history, in my opinion, was when he gets the bank examiner, J. Pinkerton Snoopington drunk and sick and brings him back to the hotel he was staying at. When he allegedly falls out the window and Field's comes running down the stairs to retrieve him was so brilliantly executed, it's amazing. He moves the camera to the far side of the lobby which allows you to get the full view of him running down the stairs. While the content of this humor may seem ordinary, it was filmed and executed brilliantly and is forever etched in my mind as the single most funny scene I can think of in movie history.


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