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Bunker Bean (1936)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 26 June 1936 (USA)
Bunker Bean, a meek office clerk, has grandiose dreams but seems destined to remain forever in his lowly station. He seeks out the help of a fortune- teller, who tells him he is the ... See full summary »

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Harry Leon Wilson (by), Edmund H. North (screen play) (as Edmund North) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Owen Davis Jr. ... Bunker Bean
Louise Latimer ... Mary Kent
Robert McWade ... J.C. Kent
Jessie Ralph ... Grandmother
Lucille Ball ... Rosie Kelly
Berton Churchill ... Professor Ed Balthazer
Edward J. Nugent ... Mr. Glab (as Edward Nugent)
Hedda Hopper ... Mrs. Dorothy Kent
Ferdinand Gottschalk ... Dr. Meyerhauser
Leonard Carey ... Kent's Butler
Russell Hicks ... A.C. Jones
Sibyl Harris Sibyl Harris ... Countess Cassandra
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Bunker Bean, a meek office clerk, has grandiose dreams but seems destined to remain forever in his lowly station. He seeks out the help of a fortune- teller, who tells him he is the reincarnation of Napoleon and also of an Egyptian Pharaoh. Armed with his new sense of power, Bunker proceeds to win the hand of his boss' daughter and also outwits her cutthroat father in a business deal. Now a winner, Bean suddenly learns that the crystal ball-gazer was a phony, and that he found success not through any aristocratic bloodlines but through sheer spunk and belief in his own abilities. Written by Dan Navarro <daneldorado@yahoo.com>

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 June 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

His Majesty Bunker Bean See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Based on the play by Lee Wilson Dodd titled "His Majesty, Bunker Bean" that opened on Broadway at the Astor Theatre, 1537 Broadway, on 2 October 1916 and ran for 72 performances. There were two previous film versions with the same title - His Majesty, Bunker Bean (1918) and His Majesty, Bunker Bean (1925). The play was based on a 1913 novel by Harry Leon Wilson that was serialized in the Saturday Evening Post. See more »

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Grandmother: [Bunker Bean gets a high head about himself and starts spanking his own bosses daughter. Well, Mr. Kent and his wife come in and start pampering her scolding him saying they had never struck her in her life! And Jessie ralph's character, the grandmother, comes up to him after they leave laughing and she says] "Son you'll get into heaven for this!"
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Version of His Majesty, Bunker Bean (1918) See more »

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Gem of a Film
3 July 2019 | by tr-83495See all my reviews

Bunker Bean is a comedy in which an introvert is portrayed, probably for the first time on film. Owen Davis, Jr. does a masterful job of acting the part. We watch as his belief in spiritualism (a widespread, common "religion" of the 20s and 30s) leads him to charlatans who convince him he is the reincarnation of Napoleon and an Egyptian pharaoh. This gives him confidence, and Davis becomes animated and determined, his acting skills on full display. This film entertains, is believable for the time, and shows a very common metamorphosis from introvert to confident man. All the actors do a good job and the plot is funny. RKO came out with some excellent movies that have been overlooked because they were a minor studio -- and this was one of them.


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