T.J. MILLER'S HANGOVER MATINEE: W.C. Fields in "The Bank Dick"

SCHEDULE
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11:00am-noon – Brunch on the patio
noon-1:00pm or so – live entertainment, plus a selection of vintage short subjects
1:00pm-2:30pm – The Bank Dick

What’s the best way to recover from a hangover? Sofa snugglin’, old-time movies, and a bit of the hair of the dog that bit ya! What’s the best way to watch an old-time movie? Why, recovering from a hangover, sofa snugglin’ — and a bit of the hair of the dog that bit ya! Comprehension and belief in this undeniable truth (movies + mimosas + madness = happy) was a key point of agreement between us and our newest family member, comedian TJ Miller. Together, we introduce to you to the Hangover Matinee: a monthly brunch complete with food, coffee, booze, and live entertainment — all for anyone who loves old movies in the early afternoon.

Distilling W.C. Fields’ essence into a perfect cocktail of jovial, snarky inebriation and virtual Popeye cartoons come to life, The Bank Dick finds one of film comedy’s greatest personas gleefully slurring and scowling his way through the sort of role that put him on the map. Fields plays Egbert Sousé(!), a security guard and occasional film director impersonator, who must deflect the constant harping of incorrigible loved ones while stumbling in the direction of his two true loves: liquor, and euphemisms for it. His missteps culminate in the type of epic car-chase that today would probably just be called a DUI, but in Fields’ shaky hands are merely Delightful Under the Influence. Populating his world are fellow eccentrics J. Pinkerton Snoopington, Og Oggilby, Hermisillo Brunch, A. Pismo Clam, and Filthy McNasty! If you’re still not sold on this gonzo piece of actual drunk history, consider the point where Egbert teeters on a barstool and mutters to a capped bottle of whiskey, “Take off your hat in the presence of a gentleman.”
Dir. Edward F. Cline, 1940, 35mm, 72 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for T.J. Miller’s Hangover Matinee of “The Bank Dick”!