The Bank Dick (1940)

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Henpecked Egbert Sousé has comic adventures as a substitute film director and unlikely bank guard.


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  • W.C. Fields and Una Merkel in The Bank Dick (1940)
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Director:

Edward F. Cline

Writer:

W.C. Fields (original screen play)

Awards

1 win.

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21 September 2007 | lee_eisenberg
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| W.C. Fields represents America's aspirations right before we entered WWII
As I understand it, W.C. Fields spent at least most of his career playing henpecked drunks. Believe it or not, "The Bank Dick" is the first of his movies that I've ever seen; and I really liked it. Fields plays Egbert Souse - with an acute accent on the E - a bored family man never too aware of his surroundings. One day, he accidentally stops a bank robber but is only too happy to take credit for it. So they make him a security guard.

Throughout parts of the movie, I wasn't sure whether it was going to be as funny as I usually like (and there was a scene portraying a black man in a manner that wouldn't be allowed nowadays), but it was quite entertaining overall and the whole chase was certainly beyond a hoot. I suspect that they had a lot of fun filming it. Moreover, one might interpret Fields's as a look at America's aspirations of getting out of the Depression (that's pure conjecture, so don't quote me).

So, having seen this movie, I understand what W.C. Fields's brand of humor constituted. One can see why Warner Bros. animation department liked to caricature him as a manipulative pig in some cartoons. Worth seeing.

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