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The Bank Dick (1940)

aka The Bank Dick

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Details: 72 mins · English


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Small Egbert Sousé
No_movie_poster Agatha Sousé
Small Myrtle Sousé
No_movie_poster Elsie Mae Adele Brunch Sousé
No_movie_poster Mrs. Hermisillo Brunch
No_movie_poster J. Pinkerton Snoopington
Small Joe Guelpe, Bartender
No_movie_poster Og Oggilby
Small J. Frothingham Waterbury
Small Mackley Q. Greene


No_movie_poster Arthur Hilton Editor
No_movie_poster Arthur Hilton Editing
No_movie_poster Bernard B. Brown Sound Designer
No_movie_poster Charles Previn Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Cliff Work Executive Producer
Small Edward F. Cline Director
No_movie_poster Jack J. Gross Producer
No_movie_poster Jack Otterson Art Direction
Small Milton R. Krasner Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Richard H. Riedel Art Direction
No_movie_poster Russell A. Gausman Set Decoration
No_movie_poster Vera West Costume Design
Small W.C. Fields Screenplay


The Bank Dick (released as The Bank Detective in the United Kingdom) is a 1940 comedy film. Set in Lompoc, California, W. C. Fields plays a character named Egbert Sousé who trips a bank robber and ends up a security guard as a result. The character is a drunk who must repeatedly remind people in exasperation that his name is pronounced "Sousé – accent grave [sic] over the 'e'!", because people keep calling him "Souse" (slang for drunkard). In addition to bank and family scenes, it features Fields pretending to be a film director and ends in a chaotic car chase. The Bank Dick is considered a classic of his work, incorporating his usual persona as a drunken henpecked husband with a shrewish wife, disapproving mother-in-law, and savage children.

The film was written by Fields, using the alias Mahatma Kane Jeeves (derived from the Broadway drawing-room comedy cliche, "My hat, my cane, Jeeves!"), and directed by Edward F. Cline. Shemp Howard, one of the Three Stooges, plays a bartender.

In 1992, The Bank Dick was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

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