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Release Date:
29 November 1940 (USA) See more »
Was His Face Red . . . And His Nose, Too ! when the bandits took the money . . . and the SAFE !
Henpecked Egbert Sousè has comic adventures as a substitute film director and unlikely bank guard. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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All time classic and Fields best for sure See more (48 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

W.C. Fields ... Egbert Sousé
Cora Witherspoon ... Agatha Sousé
Una Merkel ... Myrtle Sousé
Evelyn Del Rio ... Elsie Mae Adele Brunch Sousé
Jessie Ralph ... Mrs. Hermisillo Brunch

Franklin Pangborn ... J. Pinkerton Snoopington

Shemp Howard ... 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 ... Otis
Jack Norton ... A. Pismo Clam
Pat West ... Assistant Director

Reed Hadley ... Francois
Heather Wilde ... Miss Plupp
Harlan Briggs ... Doctor Stall
William Alston ... Mr. Cheek (as Bill Alston)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eddie Acuff ... Reporter (uncredited)
Lowden Adams ... Francois' Valet (uncredited)
Fay Adler ... Secretary / Stenographer (uncredited)
Vangie Beilby ... Old Lady with Dog (uncredited)
Becky Bohanon ... Girl (uncredited)
Melinda Boss ... Secretary (uncredited)
Tom Braunger ... Boy (uncredited)
Nora Cecil ... Lompoc Ladies Auxiliary (uncredited)

Jack Rube Clifford ... Cop (uncredited)
Eddie Coke ... Young Man (uncredited)
Russell Coles ... Bank Employee (uncredited)
Gene Collins ... Boy (uncredited)
Jan Duggan ... Mrs. Muckle - Mother in Bank (uncredited)
Eddie Dunn ... James the Chauffeur (uncredited)
Mary Field ... Woman (uncredited)
Monty Ford ... Director's Assistant (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ... Film Crewman (uncredited)
Dolly Haas ... Script Girl (uncredited)
Larry Harris ... Boy (uncredited)
Charles Hart ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Fay Holderness ... Lady Passerby (uncredited)
Bobby Larson ... Clifford Muckle - Boy in Bank (uncredited)
Carey Loftin ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Billy Mitchell ... Depositor Withdrawing Money (uncredited)
Patsy Moran ... Lady with Fruit Hat (uncredited)
Joseph North ... Judkins - the Butler (uncredited)
William J. O'Brien ... Townsman Onlooker (uncredited)
Pat O'Malley ... Cop (uncredited)
David Oliver ... Straw-Hatted Teller (uncredited)
John Rawlings ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Sam Rice ... My. Penny - Bank Customer (uncredited)
Jack Roper ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Margaret Seddon ... Old Lady in Car (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Pursuit Driver (uncredited)
Kay Sutton ... Young Woman on Bench (uncredited)
Emma Tansey ... Old Woman on Bench (uncredited)
Edward Thomas ... Footman (uncredited)
David Thursby ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Frankie Van ... Director's Assistant (uncredited)
Dorothy Vernon ... Old Lady (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Max Wagner ... Shirtless Ditchdigger (uncredited)
Frank Ward ... Boy (uncredited)
Bonnie Washington ... Miss Plupp's Maid (uncredited)

Directed by
Edward F. Cline  (as Edward Cline)
Writing credits
W.C. Fields (original screen play) (as Mahatma Kane Jeeves)

Richard Carroll  dialogue (uncredited)

Produced by
Jack J. Gross .... associate producer (uncredited)
Cliff Work .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Frank Skinner (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Milton R. Krasner (director of photography) (as Milton Krasner)
Film Editing by
Arthur Hilton (film editor)
Art Direction by
Jack Otterson 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman (set decorations) (as R.A. Gausman)
Costume Design by
Vera West (gowns)
Production Management
Matty Fox .... production supervisor (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ralph Ceder .... second unit director (uncredited)
Fred Frank .... assistant director (uncredited)
Edward Montagne .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Richard H. Riedel .... associate art director (as Richard Riedel)
Sound Department
Bernard B. Brown .... sound supervisor
William Hedgcock .... technician
Carey Loftin .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunt driver (uncredited)
David Sharpe .... stunt double: W. C. Fields (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Music Department
Charles Previn .... musical director
Heinz Roemheld .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Frank Skinner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Ralph Ceder .... collaborating director
Melinda Boss .... executive secretary: Mr. Fields (uncredited)
Charles Grayson .... assistant to writer (uncredited)
Jack J. Gross .... supervisor (uncredited)
Tony Rice .... stand-in: Mr. Fields (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
72 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

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 »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): In the opening bit of dialogue, one of the old ladies points out that there is an "accent grave" over the final e in a character's name, meaning it would be pronounced "Sous-AY", not "Souse". In fact, it's an accent aigu (or acute accent), in both pronunciation and painted on the mailbox she's looking at.See more »
Joe Guelpe:[to Souse] Say, you better come in and have a little poultice on the house.See more »
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Home Sweet HomeSee more »


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18 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
All time classic and Fields best for sure, 30 November 2005
Author: Jeffrey R. Dzik ( from United States

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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