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Uploaded on Jul 28, 2010
[From "Kovacs Corner" on YouTube.com] - You may have assumed that movie car chases started with the 1968 movie "Bullitt" starring Steve McQueen. Not really. Car chases have been a staple of movie making practically since the first role of sprocketed film ran through a movie camera. From his 1940 Universal Pictures film 'The Bank Dick", W.C. Fields, as Egbert Sousé (accent grave over the "e"), is being forced at gunpoint to drive the getaway car after his employer The Lompoc (California) State Bank was robbed by the criminal "Repulsive Rogan" (Al Hill, but his character is given the screen credit as "Filthy McNasty"). Fields' non sequiturs during the chase are priceless! In addition to the Lompoc Police, they are being pursued by Sousé's future son-in-law Og Oglby (played by character actor Grady Sutton), Lompoc Bank president Mr. Skinner (Pierre Watkin) and movie producer Mackley Q. Greene (Richard Purcell). I included the classic Universal crystalized "Art-Deco" globe opening, in addition to the movie's title card and credits. The character's names are classic Fields. Look for the writer's credit for "Mahatma Keene Jeeves" as this was Fields' "nom de plume" as the screenwriter for this film. If you haven't made the connection, it's a Fieldsian pun for the clichéd stage and movie phrase "My hat, my cane...Jeeves".