If you are looking for an escape from the financial crisis and the faltering economy, bank movies generally are not the place. The image of mean old Mr. Potter is typical of the portrayal of lenders in American cinema. That said, Scott McGee, a senior writer and producer at Turner Classic Movies, recently picked his top 10 films involving banks at the request of American Banker, and his choices range from the heavy and negative (the Depression era produced several of those) to the entertaining and humorous (thank you, Will Rogers and W.C. Fields!) His insightful takes follow. Roll 'em!
American Madness (1932)
Director Frank Capra's early Depression-era film is a chilling story about heroic bank president Walter Huston trying to restore social calm amidst financial chaos. This is an early portrayal of the populist spirit that Capra would return to in films such as Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) and It's a Wonderful Life (1946).
Scheduled to air: Sept. 29, 6:30 p.m. eastern, on Turner Classic Movies