Cinema: The New Pictures: Dec. 30, 1940

The Bank Dick (Universal) is the long-awaited reward for followers of cob-nosed Comedian W. C. Fields. The reward is the more rewarding because his recent pictures were impeded by the disconcerting presence of irrelevant comics. In this one, the Sultan of Sloth finally achieves the kind of delightful outrage which has made his fan list long & faithful. There are 74 minutes of almost clear Fields—as much a one-man show as the fences of cinema formula will allow.

The original screen play is attributed to Mahatma Kane Jeeves, an obvious pseudonym to those who know that Fields writes his own lines. His...

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