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The Great Bank Hoax (1978)

PG | | Comedy | November 1978 (USA)
When the prominent citizens of a small town discover that the officers of the local bank have been embezzling money from it, they decide to rob the bank themselves.




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Complete credited cast:
Manny Benchly
Julius Taggart
Charlene Dallas ...
Cathy Bonano
Jack Stutz
Reverend Manigma
Richard Smedley
Patricia Potter
Maj. Bryer (Ret.)
John C. Becher ...
Alex Kaiser
Guy Le Bow ...
The Sheriff
John Lefkowitz ...
Deputy Bert
Bibi Osterwald ...
Sara Pennysworth
Alek Primrose ...
Rev. DeVerite
Martha Sherrill ...
Louise Farthington
Roy Tatum ...
Deputy Jason


When the prominent citizens of a small town discover that the officers of the local bank have been embezzling money from it, they decide to rob the bank themselves.

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November 1978 (USA)  »

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According to a 1977 Christian Science Monitor interview with Burgess Meredith, the film was shot under the title "Remember Those Poker-Playing Monkeys." See more »


Patricia: The only way you can get a loan is if you have collectible.
Richard Smedley: The word happens to be collateral.
Patricia: Same thing!
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not top-notch, but worth watching
27 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

This is by no means a comedy on the level of "The Ladykillers," "Young Frankenstein," or "The Odd Couple," but it definitely has its charms. It is true that, as other viewers have said, it unwinds at a pace that could kindly be called "relaxed" but I find that one of its charms. It is enjoyable to see how, ever so gradually, the characters start digging their holes deeper and deeper. Interest is also maintained by the continual revelation of new interrelationships between the characters, until one is never quite sure who is hoodwinking who. Another plus is the fine cast, of which Burgess Meredith is the standout. His portrayal of the crustily beguiling Stutz almost carries the movie. Basehart plays against type as a highly nervous milquetoast type, and Ned Beatty is good as the befuddled controller. Arthur Godfrey's minimal contribution was purely for the marquee. The movie is also blessed with the presence of two highly delectable female leads whose pulchritude is generously displayed. Finally, the production values are excellent, especially regarding color (they don't use techniques like this anymore because of the expense), and the movie is a joy to watch.

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