The Bank Dick

The Bank Dick

Edward F Cline (1940)

U Certificate
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Our Score
Scripted by WC Fields under the name of Mahatma Kane Jeeves, this is one of his finest comedies. Playing the wonderfully named Egbert Sousé, Fields growls and grumbles his way through some inspired routines as the indolent passer-by who is rewarded with the post of bank detective after inadvertently foiling a raid. Even though several gags are rehashed from his celebrated shorts, they are done to a crisp by Fields and a superb supporting cast, of which Cora Witherspoon, Una Merkel and Jessie Ralph are outstanding as the women who delight in wearily pointing out the shortcomings he considers his assets.


A drunken layabout accidentally foils a bank robbery, and is rewarded with a job as a security guard. When he is offered a business opportunity that cannot possibly fail, he tries to abuse his position to borrow some money, with disastrous consequences. Comedy, starring WC Fields and Cora Witherspoon.

Cast & Crew

Egbert Souse WC Fields
Agatha Souse Cora Witherspoon
Myrtle Souse Una Merkel
Elsie Mae Adele Brunch Souse Evelyn Del Rio
Hermisillo Brunch Jessie Ralph
J Pinkerton Snoopington Franklin Pangborn
Joe Guelpe Shemp Howard
Mackley Q Greene Dick Purcell
Director Edward F Cline
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Rank Film Dists LtdAvailable on: DVD