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Arts and Entertainment

Fields' "The Bank Dick" highlights a night of Oldies

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Perhaps you're like us, recovering from that six week full-court press of shopping, traveling, eating, smiling, wrapping, unwrapping and now you just want to sit back and not get fed any more BS. If that's the case, tonight is the night for you as LA is screening not one, not two, but six olde school black & white classic films this evening all around town.

They're having a Jack Benny double feature at the Egyptian Theater on Hollywood Blvd. with "George Washington Slept Here" and "It’s in the Bag".

Over at the New Beverly it's Louise Brooks who's getting the double love with "Pandora’s Box" and "Diary of a Lost Girl".

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But the Westside has the winner of the night with a two-fer of W.C. Fields' best flicks. The Aero in Santa Monica will be screening "It’s a Gift" and "The Bank Dick", the latter has a perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes (10 out of 10 fresh tomatoes).

TV Guide raves: "The movie is filled with a marvelous series of Fields-patented comic bits, including an especially zany car chase, reminiscent of the best Mack Sennett, where 'hostage' Fields once again inadvertently saves the day. Fields... wrote the script under the typically improbable pseudonym of Mahatma Kane Jeeves..."

All we know is one night we were sick and couldn't find the TiVo remote and "The Bank Dick" had just come on TCM or something and we got sucked in almost immediately and laughed all the rest of the film.

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