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XL Popcorn – The Bank Dick

List Item: Watch all of the “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die”
Progress: 935/1009Title: The Bank Dick
Director: Edward F. Cline
Year: 1940
Country: USA

Did this list need multiple W.C. Fields movies? No, I don’t think it did.However, I feel I may be in the minority here. Kubrick rates this among his favourite films and it has 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. Yet, I really did not like this movie. For a comedy, I exhaled out of my nose once and that wasn’t even anything to do with Fields.

For a film that’s just an hour and change, The Bank Dick feels incredibly long. It’s a convoluted ‘comedy’ that manages to see the lead take on the role of an unemployed drunk, accidental bank robbery foiler, film director, bank security guard and some sort of fraudster. All the while feeling humourless and with the overuse of comic sound effects.

Honestly, I have nothing more to say about this film. I did not like it and wanted it to be over pretty soon after it started. At least it wasn’t too long in real terms, just in the toll it paid on my attention span.