Clare's Criterion Collection

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Criterion Collection Purchase # 5

This was my final order from the Barnes & Noble 50% sale and unfortunately not a happy experience.  Right from the start I was messed around in terms of payments taken then refunded from my bank account. In the end it all worked out in my favour as one film was refunded but never recharged and one item was refunded after being severally delayed in the mail, only to arrive the next day!  Unfortunately I had to cancel another item due to moving property and not wanting to risk another postal delay.

So what did purchase number 5 bring:

The Magician (Blu-ray)

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Safety Last! (Blu-ray)

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Ballad of a Soldier (DVD)

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Clean, Shaven (DVD)

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The film I had to cancel was L’enfance Nue.  I have put this back on my list I will purchase the next time there is a sale, though I am not sure if I will trust Barnes & Noble.

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Criterion Collection Purchase # 4

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My 4th order was a little different to the previous.  I wanted to buy The Fireman’s Ball during the Barnes & Noble 50% sale but for reasons unknown they themselves do not sell the film.  It is only available via their Marketplace and any purchase made here is not subject to sale prices or discount.  The prices of “new” or “like new” copies were a little overpriced on Barnes & Noble so I looked elsewhere.

I found a brand new copy (I am fussy about buying used goods) on eBay for the reasonable price of $24, so I made purchase #4.

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The Bank Dick – Review # 8

The Bank Dick

Spine #78

Available on DVD

Special Features:

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearingNew cover by Terry Koppel

Please note that whilst I try to not give away vital plot details/scenes/developments of the film, some reviews may contain mild spoilers.

Review

I must admit, the title of the film was a little startling when I first saw it on the Criterion website.  On further reading I now know that, around the time of film’s production, the word dick was a slang word for detective.

To the film itself.  The central character immediately reminded me of another leading male with a family of women who torment him, Henry Hobson of Hobson’s Choice fame.  Like Hobson, Egbert Sousè (accent grave over the e) is the only man in the household and again, like Hobson, is henpecked and largely ridiculed by the female members of the family.  He also has a curious relationship with his young Daughter Myrtle, she likes to throw items at her Father, he likes to go and give her a clip her around the ear!

Egbert Sousè is unemployed, unless you can class frequenting the Black Pussy Cat bar and drinking, to the point of forgetting he was actually there, as a job.  During the early part of the film we see Sousè make attempts to help people.  From this we find out that he is neither a car mechanic nor a film director.  Due to set of bizarre and frankly ridiculous events we find that he is actually an accidental hero and from that point, a bank dick.

With the new found fame comes a host of new problems for our lovable Egbert.  His family start to like him, especially Myrtle, his Son-in-Law in waiting becomes a victim of a dodgy bonds deal, after embezzling his employers and the bank is robbed.  This all makes the job an eventful one for our hero, but fear not, he rises to the occasion.

Before finding this film I was unaware of W.C. Fields.  After watching and enjoying The Bank Dick, I have added other films from this very talented actor/comedian to my watch list.  If you happen across this film I do hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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