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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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Cora Witherspoon ...
Agatha Sousè
Una Merkel ...
Myrtle Sousè
Evelyn Del Rio ...
Elsie Mae Adele Brunch Sousè
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 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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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

The following were supposedly in the movie for minor roles, but were not seen: Harriett De Busman, Clyde Dembeck, Edward Hearn, Ethelreda Leopold and Patsy O'Byrne. 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

Egbert Sousé: Was I in here last night and did I spend a twenty dollar bill?
Joe Guelpe: Yeah.
Egbert Sousé: Oh boy, what a load that is off my mind! I thought I'd lost it.
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Listen to the Mockingbird
(1855) (uncredited)
Music by Richard Milburn
Whistled by Shemp Howard.
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joyful comedy, asides, and the pleasures of smoking and drinking....
17 June 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

a source of strange joy, even in its quiet and failed moments. great moments mostly mumbled and underplayed so that the film seems so humble and so unaggressive, unlike most comedies now which would wring your neck if they could...Fields' before-its-time irony and self-consciousness about moviemaking is revealed in a throwaway line during the car chase at the end...in the midst of all the obviously speeded-up film and projection effects, Egbert Souse deadpans "you're going to make me have an accident....." I'm almost ready to move into Lompoc, with its Spanish-Americo chili parlor, and, I hope, "rivers of beer flowing over your grandmother's paisley shawl...." and, apparently, absinthe is still available....


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