The Bank Dick

The Bank Dick

1940
Comedy
1h 12m
Henpecked Egbert Sousè has comic adventures as a substitute film director and unlikely bank guard. (imdb)
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The Bank Dick

1940
Comedy
1h 12m
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Rated 19 Nov 2007
80
84th
One of my favorite Fields movies. It has all the usual Field comedic scenes plus a good car chase scene. A couple of Fields movies, beer and a tub of popcorn make a great Saturday night.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
30
11th
Considered a comic classic but not my cup of tea. No recommendation here.
Rated 13 May 2007
60
22nd
I chuckled a few times, but Fields' slapstick drunk humor never really won me over.
Rated 12 May 2013
42
21st
Haha, it's funny because he's debilitated by alcoholism.
Rated 02 May 2022
85
59th
Viewed March 23, 2022. W.C. Fields' starring vehicles move at their own pace and internal logic, and this classic comedy where he bumbles his way into becoming a bank security guard is no exception. All of the gags are pitched in line with Fields' woozy, incensed temperament, and it's a genuine pleasure to spend 75 minutes in his quietly frustrating world. Plus, his character is named Egbert Sousé, and that's objectively funny.
Rated 24 Oct 2010
55
9th
As someone who doesn't find Fields entertaining, this was at least bearable and occasionally made me smirk. He's still a grating character and a lot of the humour falls flat, but at least the movie avoids the most egregious flaw of Fields films, endlessly drawn out jokes.
Rated 25 Aug 2007
90
86th
Anyone who doesn't "get" Fields should probably stay away, but for the rest of us this is a straight-up shot of The Great Man -- not my favorite Fields, but certainly presents some of his key themes and situations in a top-notch fashion. Pangborn is a delightful foil for Fields as always.
Rated 02 Mar 2008
68
48th
# 646
Rated 10 Nov 2008
85
60th
Has a few moments of sheer brilliance, and a few major head scratchers, but I liked it enough.
Rated 08 Feb 2012
20
2nd
WC Fields daringly takes a go at early method acting, imbibing voraciously on set between takes in an effort to make his on-screen portrayal of Egbert Souse as mumbly, incoherent, disgusting and uninteresting as possible.
Rated 08 Aug 2010
72
52nd
Dated but charming in the way early comedies can be. So charming, in fact, that despite holding Sousè at gunpoint and the climactic car chase taking place, Repulsive Rogan take the time to replace the hat on his captives head.
Rated 24 Feb 2016
16
88th
Star Rating: ★★★★1/2
Rated 14 Aug 2007
86
96th
Probably the best W.C. Fields movie. Decades since I saw it.
Rated 27 Jan 2010
77
53rd
Slip shod production with a sometimes barely intelligible Fields. He's at his best when he's his most politically incorrect, yet we love him all the more for it.
Rated 04 Mar 2012
55
28th
Fields acts drunk, people in 1940 laugh, people today pretend to laugh because it's allegedly a classic. For a funny drunk watch the original Arthur.
Rated 23 Aug 2016
70
96th
W.C. Fields mumbling is pure gold! And he mumbles a lot in The Bank Dick (1940). What comes out of his mouth is most bizarre stuff!
Rated 23 Mar 2014
87
91st
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Rated 23 Jan 2010
70
41st
This film is really just about watching Fields yuk it up in a variety of loosely related set-pieces. Luckily, Fields is adept enough to make most of the gags worth at least a chuckle, and occasionally more. A pleasant enough time.
Rated 01 Jan 2012
60
48th
Fields is brilliant as expected, and one or two of the smaller supporting performances were great (Shemp Howard really wrung out all he could from a tiny, straight role as the bartender and Franklin Pangborn actually got bigger laughs from me than Fields), but most were pretty bad. Especially loathsome was the guy that played Og, he really stunk and you couldn't get away from him. But, yeah, Fields was great and the physical gags were pretty good.
Rated 01 Apr 2012
65
29th
I suppose The Bank Dick was considered cutting edge comedy at the time, but it's just okay to me.
Rated 27 May 2011
86
71st
Every time I watch it, I'm surprised to find so many scenes that are dull and slow, but Fields--and Pangborn, Grady Sutton, Jessie Ralph and Una Merkel--more than make up for them.
Rated 23 May 2012
85
80th
84.500
Rated 26 Dec 2009
70
67th
Even though I am not the biggest fan of WC Fields, I thought that this was a very delightful movie. Several funny gags involving slapstick humor with a little girl had me rolling. Some pretty funny stuff with the rest of his family as well. Got a bit of a kick seeing Shemp Howard in this as he was known for greatness as a member of the Three Stooges. A simple story with some good laughs make this a very watchable film.
Rated 02 Mar 2022
60
35th
Fields is, for me, a hit-or-miss proposition: in small bits, he can come up with some good gags, but too much of it feels very repetitive after a while. This is, as expected, about an hour of his brand of humor, some of which is pretty dated. There's a fun car chase that had some good stunts; otherwise there's very little to recommend it.

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