The Bank Dick Film Still

The Bank Dick

Edward Cline

 
The Bank Dick (Criterion DVD)

DVD

1 Disc

SRP: $29.95

Out of Print
  • United States
  • 1940
  • 72 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
  •  
  • Spine #78

W.C. Fields stars as an unemployed, henpecked drunk who spends most of his time at the Black Pussy Cat café. Things take a turn for the absurd when he unwittingly captures a bank robber and lands a job as a security guard. Written by Fields under the pseudonym Mahatma Kane Jeeves and featuring one of his most hilarious performances, The Bank Dick is an undisputed classic of American comedy.

Cast

Egbert SouséW. C. Fields
Agatha SouséCora Witherspoon
Myrtle SouséUna Merkel
Elsie May Adele Brunch SouséEvelyn Del Rio
Mrs. Hermisillo BrunchJessie Ralph
J. Pinkerton SnoopingtonFranklin Pangborn
Joe GuelpeShemp Howard

Credits

DirectorEdward Cline
ScreenplayMahatma Kane Jeeves
Set decorationR.A. Gausman
GownsVera West
TechnicianWilliam Hedgcock
SoundBernard B. Brown
Collaborating directorRalph Ceder
Musical directorCharles Previn
EditingArthur Hilton
Art directorJack Otterson
CinematographyMilton Krasner

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

    New cover by Terry Koppel

Film Essays

The Bank Dick

By Dennis Perrin August 28, 2000

When The Bank Dick was released in 1940, the image of W.C. Fields was moreor less a caricature. His bulbous nose, middle-aged girth, and use of the phrase “Ah, yes . . .” were sent up across the . . . Read more »

Film Essays

The Bank Dick

By Dennis Perrin August 28, 2000

When The Bank Dick was released in 1940, the image of W.C. Fields was moreor less a caricature. His bulbous nose, middle-aged girth, and use of the phrase “Ah, yes . . .” were sent up across the . . . Read more »

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