The Bank Dick
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The Bank Dick is an all-time classic comedy starring the great W. Directed by Edward F. Cline, the film is only a little over an hour long. It is one of his very best and funniest films tied with Paramount's It's A Gift , his next-to-last major film role he last appeared in Cline's Never Give a Sucker an Even Break , and his first solo starring role in a Universal Pictures film. Fields wrote the original screenplay, but credits himself with the nom de plume of Mahatma Kane Jeeves a play on the phrase often heard in English drawing-room comedies: 'My hat, my cane, Jeeves'. He was given considerable creative control over this film's script, direction and editing by Universal Pictures, unlike what would happen to him a year later.
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Fields is great as Egbert Souse "accent grav on the e" , a dedicated drinker who ends up directing a picture, foiling a bank robbery and becoming the bank guard or "dick" , involves the bank clerk in love with his daughter in buying mine stock with bank funds, and then stalling the bank examiner. One hilarious scene after another! We make such material available in an effort to advance awareness and understanding of the issues involved. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section of the US Copyright Law.
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! In , 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". Fields has strained relations with his wife Cora Witherspoon and mother-in-law Jessie Ralph over his drinking, smoking, and taking money out of the piggy bank of his younger daughter Elsie Mae Evelyn Del Rio and replacing it with IOU 's.