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The Bank Dick (1940)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 29 November 1940 (USA)
Henpecked Egbert Sousé has comic adventures as a substitute film director and unlikely bank guard.

Director:

Edward F. Cline (as Edward Cline)

Writer:

W.C. Fields (original screen play) (as Mahatma Kane Jeeves)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
W.C. Fields ... Egbert Sousé
Cora Witherspoon ... Agatha Sousé
Una Merkel ... Myrtle Sousé
Evelyn Del Rio 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 aka Rupulsive Rogan
George Moran George Moran ... Cozy Cochran aka Loudmouth Nasty
Bill Wolfe Bill Wolfe ... Otis
Jack Norton ... A. Pismo Clam
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Storyline

Egbert Sousé leads an ordinary life but is about to have an extraordinary day. Henpecked at home home by his demanding wife Agatha and more or less ignored by his daughter Myrtle, he sets off for the day. He comes across a movie shoot whose drunken director hasn't shown up for work and Egbert, saying he has experience, is hired. Afterward, he gets credit for stopping bank robbers and is rewarded with a job as the bank guard. He seems headed for trouble however when he convinces his son-in-law Og, a teller at the same bank, to use $500 for can't lose investment. The investment is a scam however and when the bank examiner arrives, it looks bad for them. As you would expect however, it all turns out well in the end. Written by garykmcd

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Taglines:

Was His Face Red . . . And His Nose, Too ! when the bandits took the money . . . and the SAFE !

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 November 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Great Man See more »

Filming Locations:

Lompoc, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Jazz pianist Horace Silver wrote and recorded a song called "Filthy McNasty" in the 1950s, taking the name from Al Hill's bank-robber character as listed in the credits for this film. See more »

Goofs

Wires are visible when the workmen are thrown from the ditch they are digging by the police motorcycle. See more »

Quotes

J. Pinkerton Snoopington: Can't we, eh, pull the shade?
Egbert Sousé: You can pull anything you want in here. It's a regular joint.
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Connections

References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Listen to the Mockingbird
(1855) (uncredited)
Music by Richard Milburn
Whistled by Shemp Howard
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Classic Comedy That Gets Even Better As It Goes Along
4 October 2002 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

W.C. Fields uses his expert timing and his large collection of gags to make "The Bank Dick" a classic comedy that gets even better as it goes along. The amusing, tangled plot gives Fields plenty of material to work with, and the other characters also pitch in to keep you smiling.

After a few amusing introductory scenes that introduce Egbert Sousé, the kind of character Fields loved to play, things really start rolling once Egbert somehow manages to land a job as a bank detective. The wackier the plot gets, the more it shows just how effective Fields's dry style can be. His stoic character and the confusion going on around him often make a hilarious combination. It's very entertaining, goes by quickly, and is filled with comic detail that makes it just as funny when you watch it over again.


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