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Accidents Will Happen (1938)

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

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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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The Fake Accident Racket Exposed!

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It's Only Hit and Run
7 March 2009 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Honest young insurance agent Ronald Reagan (as Eric Gregg) is optimistic, but poor. His wife, scheming Sheila Bromley (as Nona Gregg), longs for the finer things in life. Describing herself as "not weighted down with tons of righteousness," Ms. Bromley begins to spend more money than Mr. Reagan earns. Bromley obtains the finer things in life, but puts the couple in debt. Bromley is a fun shrew.

Handsome Reagan attracts other women, like perky clerk Gloria Blondell (as Patricia Carmody); but, he doesn't indulge. To pay the bills, Bromley gets tangled up in the insurance fraud racket - which helps get her husband fired. An unemployed Reagan seems to be tempted into a life of crime - will he remain straight up, or get crooked? Clinton Rosemond has an uncomfortable "broken arm" scene.

*** Accidents Will Happen (1938) William Clemens ~ Ronald Reagan, Sheila Bromley, Gloria Blondell


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