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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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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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29 November 1940 (USA)  »

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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

'Al Hill''s character is "Repulsive Rogan" in dialogue but "Filthy McNasty" in the credits. See more »

Quotes

Boy in bank: Mommy, doesn't that man have a funny nose?
Mother in bank: You mustn't make fun of the gentleman, Clifford. You'd like to have a nose like that full of nickels, wouldn't you?
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Connections

Referenced in Never Give a Sucker an Even Break (1941) See more »

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Listen to the Mockingbird
(1855) (uncredited)
Music by Richard Milburn
Whistled by Shemp Howard.
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Quite amusing movie, Fields seems very modern
21 November 2004 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

The irreverent Fields gives spark to what would otherwise have been a quite humdrum comedy movie.

His politically incorrect jokes seem very present-day, and so makes you understand that the people back in the 1940's weren't so far removed from us as we sometimes think.

Fields is nasty to children, his wife and the bank examiner, whistles at pretty girls and in general just behaves terribly. You wouldn't think they would film stuff like that back in 1940, but Fields did. The movie is populated by crooks and phonies, as for instance the bank president, who says "let me give you a hardy handshake" and then just rests his hand lightly in Fields' for a second. It's a very observant and stinging visual commentary which tells more than many phrases: that's what films are good at, and it is used here to great effect.

The final car chase is really scary, with extra's ducking under cars with only inches to spare!


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