The Nuisance (1933)

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Complete credited cast:
Joseph Phineas 'Joe' Stevens
Dorothy Mason
Dr. Buchanan Prescott
Charles Butterworth ...
Floppy Phil Montague
John Miljan ...
John Calhoun
Virginia Cherrill ...
Miss Rutherford
David Landau ...
Greta Meyer ...
Mrs. Mannheimer
Herman Bing ...
Samuel S. Hinds ...
Mr. Beaumont (as Samuel Hinds)
Syd Saylor ...


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Release Date:

2 June 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Accidents Wanted  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Joseph Phineas 'Joe' Stevens: [regarding a bounced check] You'll learn that money doesn't come out of fountain pens.
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Remade as The Chaser (1938) See more »

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A lawyer who lets the ambulance chase him
7 January 2012 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

Lee Tracy is excellent as a shady lawyer who recruits clients at accident scenes. When possible, he reaches the scene moments ahead of the ambulance; when necessary, he arranges the accident itself. Swooping in, he informs his clients what their injuries are, whisks them off to the hospital, and lines up personal injury lawsuits that range from dubious to downright phony and are driving the insurance company crazy. What can they do to stop him? Insurance man John Miljan has a plan….

Madge Evans is an accident victim who willingly falls in with a Tracy scheme—and it's as we are getting to know her character that the plot takes a welcome and exciting turn. Evans has the most developed and difficult role here; the question of which side she is on is one that not even she is sure she can answer.

Frank Morgan is outstanding but rather sad as a doomed alcoholic doctor who assists Tracy in his schemes. Charles Butterworth is sidekick and right hand man "Floppy," a professional accident victim who joins Tracy's team.

The dialog flies past, especially when Tracy delivers it; he's dashing, deceitful, villainous, charming—it's a larger than life character and Tracy fills the role perfectly. Overall, the picture is somewhat less than totally believable…but it's a lot of fun to watch and follow along.

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