The Bank Dick (1940): W. C. Fields’ Prop Newspaper

The Lompoc Picayune Intelligencer:

Note the bizarre-sounding filler article: Convicts Unguarded on Kansas Island. Obviously somebody’s idea of a joke, right? Nope:

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It’s a real AP wire story from the 1930’s. Oddly enough, it shows up in another prop newspaper as well, which is where the above color image comes from. The original Mission: Impossible TV show, I think. Note that the type is set identically. So, this little clipping was kicking around Hollywood for a good long while. Earl Hays Press, is this your handiwork?

4 thoughts on “The Bank Dick (1940): W. C. Fields’ Prop Newspaper”

  1. The same filler article is seen in a prop newspaper in the first few seconds of an episode of “Twilight Zone” season 2 episode 10 “A Most Unusual Camera” first broadcast in1960.

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