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The Bank Dick (1940)




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W.C. Fields plays Egbert Souse, a bibulous denizen of Lompoc who supports his family by winning radio contests. When a fleeing bank robber is knocked cold upon tripping over the park bench where Egbert sits, Souse is hailed as a hero and offered the job of bank guard. The next day, he is approached by one J. Frothingham Waterbury (Russell Hicks), who offers to sell Egbert shares in the Beefsteak Mines. Souse raises the necessary money by convincing bank clerk Og Oggilby (Grady Sutton), the fiance of Egbert's daughter Myrtle (Una Merkel), to "borrow" some funds from the bank; it isn't really embezzling, explains Egbert, because the mine is bound to pay off. Unfortunately, bank examiner J. Pinkerton Snoopington (Franklin Pangborn) comes calling, spelling possible trouble for Souse.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Classics, Comedy
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Mahatma Kane Jeeves (Fields), W.C. Fields
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 22, 2000
MCA Universal Home Video


W.C. Fields
as Egbert Sousť
Una Merkel
as Myrtle Sousť
Grady Sutton
as Og Oggilby
Cora Witherspoon
as Agatha Sousť
Evelyn Del Rio
as Elsie Mae Adele Brun...
Jessie Ralph
as Mrs. Hermisillo Brun...
Franklin Pangborn
as J. Pinkerton Snoopin...
Shemp Howard
as Joe Guelpe
Dick Purcell
as Mackley Q. Greene
Russell Hicks
as J. Frothingham Water...
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 Sec...
Bobby Larson
as Boy in Bank
Lowden Adams
as Francois' valet
Vangie Beilby
as Old lady with dog
Russel Cole
as Bank Clerk
Nora Cecil
as Ladies Auxiliary
Billy Mitchell
as Black Bank Customer
Eddie Dunn
as James, the Chauffeu...
Emmett Vogan
as Hotel Desk Clerk
Margaret Seddon
as Old lady in car
Eddie Acuff
as Reporter
Fay Holderness
as Lady passerby
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 ditchdigge...
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All Critics (22) | Top Critics (5)

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.

Full Review… | April 1, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Totally ramshackle and marvellous.

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

Probably Fields' best film.

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | April 1, 2008

Audience Reviews for The Bank Dick


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

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

Super Reviewer


My second Favorite Fields film

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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