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The Great Bank Hoax (1978)

PG | | Comedy | November 1978 (USA)
The officers of a small town bank discover a huge shortfall just before the bank examiners are due to visit. Not knowing who the crook is, they decide to fix the books and then rob the bank themselves to cover up everything.


Joseph Jacoby


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


The officers of a small town bank discover a huge shortfall just before the bank examiners are due to visit. Not knowing who the crook is, they decide to fix the books and then rob the bank themselves to cover up everything.

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November 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shenanigans See more »

Filming Locations:

Madison, Georgia, USA

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1.85 : 1
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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 »


Maj. Bryer (Ret.): [Speaking to the band at rehearsal] You people either gotta shape up or ship out.
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slower moving bank job from the 1970s
18 March 2009 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

LOVE Ned Beatty! He plays one of the bigshots at a small town bank where a chunk of money is missing, and the auditors are on the way, kind of an updated "Bank Dick", but W.C. Fields is long gone. Most viewers will recognize Beatty from Deliverance, or Hopscotch. The other bank big wigs are Richard Basehart and a seventy year old Burgess Meredith (The Penguin!) In our story, the Great Bank Hoax, the bank's chief clerk (Richard) meets up with a sultry, young Patricia at bingo night, and they head off to her place, but they aren't after the same thing... she just wants a loan from the bank, and he's after something else. Meanwhile, the bank directors are coming up with a plan to keep the auditors from knowing just how much is SUPPOSED to be in the vault.... One of the bank employees has a guilty conscience, and must get advice from the town priest. The pace is quite "relaxed", and there are a couple of slapstick gags and surprises, but it all works, as long you keep your expectations in check. Directed by indie writer/director Joseph Jacoby, who only worked on five projects.

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