Sanford and Son (1972–1977)
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Bank on This 

Fred and Lamont are applying for a loan to finance their purchase of Julio's former property when a pair of robbers burst into the bank.


Alan Rafkin


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Episode cast overview:
Redd Foxx ... Fred G. Sanford
Demond Wilson ... Lamont Sanford
Howard Platt ... Officer 'Hoppy' Hopkins
Roscoe Orman ... Al Robinson
Charles Thomas Murphy ... Melvin Herman
Roy Stuart ... Reporter Don Martinson
Tom Scott Tom Scott ... R.L. Phillips
Bill Henderson ... Harvey
Cal Wilson Cal Wilson ... 1st Doctor
Skip Cunningham Skip Cunningham ... 2nd Doctor


Fred and Lamont are applying for a loan to finance their purchase of Julio's former property when a pair of robbers burst into the bank.

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Release Date:

26 September 1975 (USA) See more »

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Tandem Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Fred calls Mr. Phillips "Mr. Magnesia," a reference to Phillips' Milk of Magnesia, an over the counter antacid and laxative. See more »


In what was a continuing gaffe, Fred would occasionally refer to the Sanford Arms as a hotel, when it was apparent it was an apartment building. The initial price was $80, which sounds more like monthly rent in the late 70s for a low end cheap apartment than for a hotel stay. See more »


Mr. Phillips: [loan officer asks] How did you arrive at your $1,500 figure?
Fred G. Sanford: I went to Vic Tanny.
[a reference to Vic Tanny Gyms]
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Dog Day Afternoon, Sanford style
9 December 2016 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"Bank on This" shows what Sanford and Son plan to do with former neighbor Julio's property next door, applying for a loan at the bank to open an apartment building called the Sanford Arms. Loan officer R.L. Phillips (Tom Scott), referred to by Fred as 'Mr. Magnesia,' sets the forms in motion as two strange men enter for the express purpose of holding up the bank (shades of "Dog Day Afternoon"). Al Robinson (Roscoe Orman) orders everyone to hit the deck, while Lamont recognizes his partner Melvin Herman (Charles Thomas Murphy) as a former classmate in algebra. A former cheerleader, Melvin is obviously too kind hearted to make a good crook. When the police agree to send in an officer to discuss terms with Al, it's a half naked Hoppy: "okay, shoot! I mean uh, go ahead!" Fred suggests they break into the safe and let him keep his $1500 loan!

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