6 Movie Bankers Who Should Be Occupied

Tuesday, February 21 by Joseph Gibson

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Now's not a great time to be a banker. Not only is the economy tanking, but listing "banker" as your profession on Facebook pretty much makes it OK for people on the street to through bottles and cans at you whenever they want. It's tough! But before you feel too sorry for the banker and his plight, check out these six movie bankers just begging to be occupied.

George Banks, "Mary Poppins"

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The patriarch of the family in in the family film "Mary Poppins" isn't a bad guy per se, he just has his priorities all out of whack. The important things in life are magic, singing, and hanging out with cartoon characters – this guy seems to think that getting to work on time is the most important. Luckily, he has Mary to sort him out on this, although for the first 2/3rds of the movie he'd make a good candidate for occupation.

 

Arthur Hamilton, "Seconds"

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It's hard not to feel sorry for Mr. Hamilton here, with his permanent hangdog expression and general weariness about life. But as a banker, his bookkeeping skills leave a lot to be desired: He decides at the beginning of the movie to spend an ungodly amount of money on a "Seconds" program, in which he fakes his own death and becomes a new, younger man (played by Rock Hudson of course). What kind of financial sense does that make?? He didn't even take time to transfer his stock portfolio.

 

Mr. Potter, "It's A Wonderful Life"

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Probably the most famous malicious banker in the history of movies, Mr. Potter is the richest guy in Bedford Falls, which would of course put him in the running for biggest son of a bitch worldwide. Everything he does is a plot to line his own pockets, and it goes so far as to drive poor George Bailey to a suicide attempt. What an asshole.

 

Henry Gatewood, "Stagecoach"

Here's a banker who even other bankers would have to agree is no good. In John Ford's seminal western "Stagecoach," Gatewood is a banker attempting to escape capture by the authorities after stealing $50,000 from his bank. Er, sorry, not stealing, "embezzling" (when bankers do it it's called embezzling). He's eventually captured by the authorities, but clearly it should have been him and not John Wayne all shackled up on that stagecoach.

 

Courtland Trenholm, "Baby Face"

One of the problems with bankers is they're just people like everybody else. So who can blame Courtland here for succumbing to the seductive wiles of Barbara Stanwyck? Her stated goal from childhood is to sleep with whoever she needs to in order to reach the top of the corporate ladder, and one of those people happens to be Courtland. Do we need some goo-goo eyed lovebird spending all our money on gifts for Barbara Stanwyck? Hell no! How are we supposed to afford gifts for Barbara Stanwyck?

 

Le Chiffre, "Casino Royale"

Here's something you might not know: Terrorists need bankers, too. That's Le Chiffre's job, and he's got a bit of a problem: The money is gone. If the bad guys find out, he dies. So he goes to his usual game of high-stakes poker, only this time Agent 007 is there to try and beat him at his own game, forcing him to give up all he knows to MI6 lest he be killed. So, yeah, don't give your money to this guy.