The Great Bank Hoax
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJoseph Jacoby
Produced byJoseph Jacoby
Ralph Rosenblum
Written byJoseph Jacoby
StarringRichard Basehart
Ned Beatty
Charlene Dallas
Burgess Meredith
Michael Murphy
Paul Sand
Constance Forslund
Music byArthur B. Rubinstein
CinematographyWalter Lassally
Edited byRalph Rosenblum
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • September 1977 (1977-09) (Deauville)
  • November 1978 (1978-11)
Running time
87 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Great Bank Hoax is a 1978 American comedy film written and directed by Joseph Jacoby. The film stars Richard Basehart, Ned Beatty, Charlene Dallas, Burgess Meredith, Michael Murphy, Paul Sand and Constance Forslund.


There's intrigue and deception at a small-town bank when it is discovered that an unsuspecting employee (Paul Sand) has embezzled thousands of dollars. Leading bank officers Jack Stutz (Burgess Meredith) and Manny Benchly (Richard Basehart) decide to hide the theft in a seemingly clever plot that will make them even more money. However, when word of the crime gets out, the whole community becomes outraged and gets involved, resulting in plenty of trouble.



The film was financed by Georgia investors and filmed in Madison, Georgia. Warner Bros. picked the film up for US distribution.[1]

It was previously known as Remember Those Poker-Playing Monkeys and Shenanigans.[1]


The film was screened at the 1977 Deauville American Film Festival and the Virgin Islands Film Festival. Its premiere was in Atlanta, Georgia under the title The Great Georgia Bank Hoax.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Lucchese, Sam (December 5, 1978). Written at Atlanta. "Atlanta Not Openly Identifying Anyone With 'Georgia Bank Hoax'". Variety. New York (published December 6, 1978). p. 6.