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Accidents Will Happen (1938)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  9 April 1938 (USA)
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An insurance adjustor tangles with a big insurance-fraud gang.



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Complete credited cast:
Gloria Blondell ...
Patricia Carmody
Dick Purcell ...
Sheila Bromley ...
Addison Richards ...
Hugh O'Connell ...
John Oldham
Janet Shaw ...
Elliott Sullivan ...
Anderson Lawler ...
F.R. Dawson (as Anderson Lawlor)
Spec O'Donnell ...
Kenneth Harlan ...
Don Barclay ...
Earl Dwire ...


Eric Gregg, young claim adjustor for Central Casualty Insurance, has interesting work but low pay, to the chagrin of wife Nona who spells marriage with a dollar sign. Much prettier sales clerk Pat secretly loves him, but he's devoted to Nona. Eric's investigative successes cause big trouble for an organized insurance-fraud gang, who see his wife's venality as the perfect wedge to topple him. But Eric (with a little help from his friends) counters with a surprising strategy. Written by Rod Crawford <>

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9 April 1938 (USA)  »

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Accidents Will Happen  »

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Jeffrey Sayre (Electric company man). Allan Conrad (Book salesman) and Milton Kibbee (Lineman) are in studio records/casting call lists for their roles, but do not appear in the movie. See more »

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Good performances, good story make a good film

It would seem a given, but if a viewer forgets context, he risks missing an opportunity of enjoyment.

It is easy to carp, from the lofty heights of the 21st century, at styles and prices of the Great Depression years; but the intelligent viewer will remember that magic word, "context," and better understand and, thus, enjoy "Accidents Will Happen."

Among the actors, Ronald Reagan again showed himself a good-looking and personable guy, and again gave a right-on performance.

A reviewer earlier said Gloria Blondell played the nasty wife, but that was wrong: She plays the concession-stand clerk who has a crush on the Reagan character, Eric Gregg, but keeps hands off as long as he is married.

Gloria was cute. Not as lushly beautiful as her sister, Joan, she was still attractive and a good actress. Perhaps her looking somewhat like Joan was a detriment to having a more successful career, and it is certainly our loss.

Sheila Bromley was Mrs. Gregg, and played it well.

Other actors included Dick Purcell, and the great Earl Dwire got to play something besides a villainous cowboy.

Again, most of the players never attained the "household-name" status many of them deserved, but they by gosh gave good performances here, in a story that is still current.

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