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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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(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

After the first bank robbery, Og says that $50,000 was stolen from the bank and retrieved. Later in the day, he comes to the Souse' home and tells Myrtle that her father retrieved $25,000 in stolen funds. See more »

Quotes

Egbert Sousé: My uncle, a balloon ascensionist, Effingham Hoofnagle, took a chance. He was three miles and a half up in the air. He jumped out of the basket of the balloon and took a chance of alighting on a load of hay.
Og Oggilby: Golly! Did he make it?
Egbert Sousé: Uh... no. He didn't. Had he been a younger man, he probably would have made it. That's the point. Don't wait too long in life.
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Soundtracks

Home Sweet Home
(1823) (uncredited)
Music by H.R. Bishop
Background music near the beginning of the movie and at the end
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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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