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Bunker Bean (1936)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 26 June 1936 (USA)
Bunker Bean, a meek office clerk, has grandiose dreams but seems destined to remain forever in his lowly station. He seeks out the help of a fortune- teller, who tells him he is the ... See full summary »

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Harry Leon Wilson (by), Edmund H. North (screen play) (as Edmund North) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Owen Davis Jr. ... Bunker Bean
Louise Latimer ... Mary Kent
Robert McWade ... J.C. Kent
Jessie Ralph ... Grandmother
Lucille Ball ... Rosie Kelly
Berton Churchill ... Professor Ed Balthazer
Edward J. Nugent ... Mr. Glab (as Edward Nugent)
Hedda Hopper ... Mrs. Dorothy Kent
Ferdinand Gottschalk ... Dr. Meyerhauser
Leonard Carey ... Kent's Butler
Russell Hicks ... A.C. Jones
Sibyl Harris Sibyl Harris ... Countess Cassandra
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Storyline

Bunker Bean, a meek office clerk, has grandiose dreams but seems destined to remain forever in his lowly station. He seeks out the help of a fortune- teller, who tells him he is the reincarnation of Napoleon and also of an Egyptian Pharaoh. Armed with his new sense of power, Bunker proceeds to win the hand of his boss' daughter and also outwits her cutthroat father in a business deal. Now a winner, Bean suddenly learns that the crystal ball-gazer was a phony, and that he found success not through any aristocratic bloodlines but through sheer spunk and belief in his own abilities. Written by Dan Navarro <daneldorado@yahoo.com>

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 June 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

His Majesty Bunker Bean See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The $5,000 check Bean receives would equate to about $93,000 in 2019. See more »

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Grandmother: [Bunker Bean gets a high head about himself and starts spanking his own bosses daughter. Well, Mr. Kent and his wife come in and start pampering her scolding him saying they had never struck her in her life! And Jessie ralph's character, the grandmother, comes up to him after they leave laughing and she says] "Son you'll get into heaven for this!"
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Version of His Majesty, Bunker Bean (1918) See more »

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I think he's Dumbo!
2 July 2019 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Bunker Bean (Owen Davis Jr.) is a very meak man and his boss and co-workers walk all over him. However, something odd happens...he is convinced by some phony psychics that he's been reincarnated. First, they tell him he was once Napoleon and later they convince him he was a Pharaoh! As a result, he becomes a new man...full of courage and willing to stand up to anyone...especially his cheapskate boss! And, oddly, the plot ends up being a lot like "Dumbo"! See the film...see what I mean.

This is a silly little B-movie....and an enjoyable one. It has a few elements to the story I didn't love (such as his purchasing a mummy) but considering Bs were made quickly and re-writes/edits were rare, I can ignore the things I didn't like because I liked so much of the picture. Well worth seeing and an excellent B.


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