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The Bank Dick (1940)

Approved  |   |  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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(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
Jessie Ralph ...
Mrs. Hermisillo Brunch
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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 Sousé, "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. Sousé persuades Og to embezzle $500 to buy phony stock; then the bank examiner shows up. Can Sousé 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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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Mahatma Kane Jeeves" (the pseudonym used by W.C. Fields as screenwriter) is a play on words from stage plays of the era. "My hat, my cane, Jeeves!" And in fact, at the end of the film his butler does hand him his hat and his cane. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the car chase at the end of the film, tires are constantly heard squealing and screeching, although the entire chase takes place on dirt roads and in fields, where tires wouldn't squeal. See more »

Quotes

Myrtle Sousé: I'll starve myself to death, it's the easiest way out. It's not so difficult to do. I tried it yesterday afternoon.
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Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: W.C. Fields (1961) 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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This is Just Too Funny
16 August 2000 | by (Springfield, Pa) – See all my reviews

This is the second best Fields film (after It's a Gift) and it's similar in that it casts Fields as the lovable drunk with an absolutely hateful family. From the almost surreal episode directing the movie to the eye-poppingly ridiculous chase scene, this one is pure comic entertainment. One side note: it's sad and not a little scary how bloated and tired the Great Man looks in this compared to just six years earlier when It's a Gift was released.


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