The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
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This 1940 film seems to spring straight from his cranky, beleaguered, convoluted personality, with no concessions made to film form, audience enjoyment, or common sense, and still it's very funny in a desultory, strangely private kind of way.
For anyone who simply likes to laugh at the reckless manities of an inspired buffoon, we recommend The Bank Dick. It's great fun.
Totally ramshackle and marvellous.
Probably Fields' best film.
It's barely controlled lunacy throughout, of course, but considerable good fun.
Like money in the bank.
One of the definitive W.C. Fields films.
Not Fields' best, but a classic all the same.
Fields' last major film is fantastic.
It's still great, exhibiting a far superior sense of wit and comic timing than virtually any film released in the last twenty years.
Wacky hijinks ensue, with some of the best one-liners in Fields' career herein. Excellent.
The Bank Dick is a highly revered film in the annals of screen comedy, and it is easy to see why.
Eggbert Sousé (accent grave over the "e") is a bumbling drunk who barely supports his family and spends most of his time drinking. Souse is slang for drunk and Eggbert always must remind people of the accent grave. After he accidently foils a bank robbery, he is given a job at the bank as the security guard. Typical of the work of W.C. Fields, a drunk with a shrewish wife, disapproving mother-in-law and awful children. Entertaining, but not his best. That goes to "It's a Gift" from 1934.
I'm not a really big fan of Fields, but this movie isn't bad. If you are a fan, you may enjoy it.
"Don't be a luddy-duddy! Don't be a mooncalf! Don't be a jabbernowl! You're not those, are you?"
W.C. Fields at his comical best. *Watch for Shemp Howard (of Three Stooges fame) in a supporting role.
My second Favorite Fields film
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