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Writer:
W.C. Fields (original screen play)
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Release Date:
29 November 1940 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Was His Face Red . . . And His Nose, Too ! when the bandits took the money . . . and the SAFE !
Plot:
Henpecked Egbert Sousè has comic adventures as a substitute film director and unlikely bank guard. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win See more »
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joyful comedy, asides, and the pleasures of smoking and drinking.... See more (41 total) »

Cast

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W.C. Fields ... Egbert Sousè
Cora Witherspoon ... Agatha Sousè
Una Merkel ... Myrtle Sousè
Evelyn Del Rio ... Elsie Mae Adele Brunch Sousè
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 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)
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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
 
Stunts
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)
 
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Runtime:
72 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
USA:TV-PG | USA:Approved (PCA #6824)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Lompoc is properly pronounced "Lompoke". It was also founded as a Temperance town, probably another reason Fields picked it as his hometown in this film, and the towns people of the day disliked Fields for these two reasons.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: 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: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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Movie Connections:
Featured in W.C. Fields: Straight Up (1986) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Home Sweet HomeSee more »

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19 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
joyful comedy, asides, and the pleasures of smoking and drinking...., 17 June 2003
Author: (howlermonkey) from United States

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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