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Average Rating:     [8.88/10]   6 votes


W. C. 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!

Shemp Howard plays "Joe Guelpe," Fields' best friend and bartender of the Black Pussy Cafe.

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Shemp Howard (Solo)
Release Date
November 29, 1940
Production Type
Feature Film
74 min.
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Production Notes   (1)
Shooting Days:   36 days   From: 1940-09-02   To: 1940-10-12

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  • "Was I in here last night, and did I spend a $20 bill?" "Yeh!" "Oh boy, what a load that is off my mind! I thought I'd lost it."
    (W.C. Fields & Shemp)

Stooge Goofs   (4)
  • Missing Scene?
    Just after the doctor and Egbert leave Snoopington's hotel room, the next scene shows Egbert telling Og that the bank examiner has been taken care of. Og then indicates to Egbert that there is something on his face. When Egbert turns towards the camera, there is a fake mustache hanging on the side of his face. Yet, there are no intervening scenes showing how the mustache got there.

  • Sudden Change
    During the car chase scenes, Egbert drives parrallel over a trench being dug with workers using pick axes. The trench is approximately waist deep until the car reaches the end of the trench, where a worker is suddenly in a trench that is as deep as he is tall.

  • Switched Glasses
    When Egbert goes up to the inebriated bank examiner's hotel room, the examiner rises up in bed and looks into the mirror. His glasses has the string handle on the right side of his face, but in the mirror's image, the string is on the opposite side of his face. (even accounting for a mirror-image reflection)

  • Turning Hands
    In the scene where Egbert Souse enters the bank president's office, the president offers his hand for a handshake palm up, but in the close-up of the handshake, his hand is palm down.

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Posted 2010-09-22 19:21:13 by falsealarms
One of Fields' best and aided by the presence of Shemp. It's probably the Fields film most associated with him, but to me, it's more like his third best. I'd prefer IT'S A GIFT or A MAN ON THE FLYING TRAPEZE. You can't go wrong with any of them, though.

Reviewer's Rating: (9)
Posted 2003-06-13 06:59:00 by [Deleted Member]
Edited 2003-06-27 04:06:00 by [Deleted Member]
A small part for Shemp, but an inspired bit of casting in [br]one of the funniest American comedy films ever made. Who [br]better than Shemp to serve Fields his favorite intoxicants, and his hapless victim (Franklin Pangborn) a "Michael Finn?" "Ever done any boondoggling, Joe?"

Reviewer's Rating: (10)
Posted 2001-02-05 13:56:00 by sickdrjoe
Probably Shemp's best-known solo appearance, as WC Fields' best friend and favorite bartender (which makes perfect sense). Of course, this is mostly Fields' show, but it's a truly great American comedy that every regular at this website should know by heart. The Great Man and Shemp have real chemistry in their scenes together.The eldest Howard brother is more subdued than usual, leaving the slapstick to Fields (who 'sells' pain as hilariously as Shemp himself later would as a Stooge). 74 minutes of comedy bliss; don't miss it.

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