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Monty Banks


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About Monty

Monty Banks was a short, stocky but somehow debonair Italian-born comic actor, later also writer and director. In the US from 1914, he first appeared on stage in musical comedy and cabaret. By 1917 he was working as a dancer in New York's Dominguez Cafe. After this he turned to films, acting and doing stunt work at Keystone, Universal and for Al Christie. Changing his name from Mario Bianchi to Monty Banks may have been prompted by Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle as a passing reference to his playing '"... Read more


15 July 1897

Place of Birth:

Cesena, Forlì-Cesena, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Monty’s Filmography

Executive producer. Laurel and Hardy join the army. They are hardly soldiers, but they believe their employer, (Dick Nelson) will need them now he's drafted.

Executive producer. The guardian of an heiress tries to destroy the reputation of her lover by planting drugs on him.

As Monty Banks, the Stranger. Monty Banks becomes a car salesman and is shifted to Africa to sell one to King Obogeegee.

Executive producer. A man sponges off an old comrade from the First World War who believes he has saved his life during the war, although this ultimately proves not to be true.

As (archive footage). Laurel is a Scottish reporter suspected of being a spy by police detective James Finlayson. Although trailed by the latter, Stan, who is reporting on the movie world, manages to be hired by Mack Sennett. He makes his debut in Nevada, in the middle of gold diggers. After managing to clear his name he becomes, with Oliver Hardy, a big comedy star.

Executive producer. Farcical confusions ensue when newlywed bride Peggy Gay overhears her husband Jack discussing the purchase of a piano, and somehow interprets what he has said to mean he is the father of an illegitimate child.

Executive producer. A lion-tamer's partly innate and partly acquired attitude to other living beings - that they shall submit without question to his will - is applied with unseeing kindness to an orphan girl whom the lion tamer adopts.

As Taxi Driver. A rich American businessman in London makes believe he's lost all his money so that his daughter will marry a composer.

As Montague Banking. A woman prevents a popular stage performer getting arrested for drunk driving, though has to pretend to be a rich benefactor when she next meets him.

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