The Bank Dick (1940)



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In this film, the matchless W. C. Fields plays Egbert Souse, a bibulous denizen of Lompoc who supports his family by winning radio contests. While drinking his breakfast at the Black Pussy Cafe, Souse is invited by a movie production manager to finish directing a picture being shot in Lompoc.


W.C. Fields
as Egbert Sousé
Una Merkel
as Myrtle Sousé
Grady Sutton
as Og Oggilby
Cora Witherspoon
as Agatha Sousé
Evelyn Del Rio
as Elsie Mae Adele Brunch Sousé
Jessie Ralph
as Mrs. Hermisillo Brunce
Franklin Pangborn
as J. Pinkerton Snoopington
Shemp Howard
as Joe Guelpe
Dick Purcell
as Mackley Q. Greene
Russell Hicks
as J. Frothingham Waterbury
Pierre Watkin
as Mr. Skinner
Al Hill
as Repulsive Rogan
George Moran
as Loudmouth McNasty
Jack Norton
as A. Pismo Clam
Pat West
as Assistant Director
Reed Hadley
as Francois
Heather Wilde
as Miss Plupp
Harlan Briggs
as Doctor Stall
William Alston
as Mr. Cheek
Jan Duggan
as Woman in Bank
Kay Sutton
as Young Woman on Bench
Fay Adler
as Bank President's Secretary
Bobby Larson
as Boy in Bank
Lowden Adams
as Francois' valet
Russel Cole
as Bank Clerk
Vangie Beilby
as Old lady with dog
Nora Cecil
as Ladies Auxiliary
Billy Mitchell
as Black Bank Customer
Eddie Dunn
as James, the Chauffeur
Emmett Vogan
as Hotel Desk Clerk
Margaret Seddon
as Old lady in car
Fay Holderness
as Lady passerby
Eddie Acuff
as Reporter
Patsy Moran
as Lady with fruit hat
Joe North
as Butler
David Oliver
as Straw-hatted teller
Emma Tansey
as Old woman on bench
Frankie Van
as Director's helper
Max Wagner
as Shirtless ditchdigger
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Critic Reviews for The Bank Dick

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (4)

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.

Apr 1, 2008 | Full Review…

For anyone who simply likes to laugh at the reckless manities of an inspired buffoon, we recommend The Bank Dick. It's great fun.

Mar 25, 2006 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Totally ramshackle and marvellous.

Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

Probably Fields' best film.

Feb 13, 2001 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

It's barely controlled lunacy throughout, of course, but considerable good fun.

Apr 1, 2008 | Full Review…

Like money in the bank.

Jan 11, 2005 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Bank Dick

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.

Joseph Boomhower
Joseph Boomhower

Super Reviewer


I'm not a really big fan of Fields, but this movie isn't bad. If you are a fan, you may enjoy it.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

"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.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer


My second Favorite Fields film

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

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