Ted and Lulu Hackett are vaudeville's The Hacketts, a fairly successful song-and-dance team. They bring their son Ted Jr. up in the business and he soon eclipses them. When the son is ... See full summary »
Jed Marlowe is a brilliant, scheming, unscrupulous criminal lawyer whose specialty is defending criminal he knows is guilty but gets them off through loop-holes or bribery. Then his ... See full summary »
This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Minneapolis Monday 11 February 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9); it first aired in San Antonio 9 April 1957 on WOAI (Channel 4), in Lubbock TX 10 June 1957 on KCBD (Channel 11), in Miami 31 July 1957 on WCKT (Channel 7), in Albany 30 December 1957 on WTEN (Channel 10), in Portland OR 24 January 1958 on KGW (Channel 8), in Honolulu 25 January 1958 on KHVH (Channel 13), in Philadelphia 25 March 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Cleveland 29 April 1958 on KYW (Channel 3), in Kalamazoo 7 June 1957 on WKZO (Channel 3), and in Tucson 21 October 1958 on KVOA (Channel 4). With an uninviting title, and a relatively forgotten cast, as well as the usual pre-code aspects of the story, major market sponsors showed little interest in this one, and so it was only occasionally taken off the shelf, and, even then, in the less predominant locations. In more recent years a new generation of vintage film enthusiasts have "discovered" Lee Tracy, and its long unseen hidden pre-code delights, so it's since become a welcome occasional flyer on cable TV on Turner Classic Movies. See more »
Seeing The Nuisance for the first time cured me of at least one illusion I had. That Walter Matthau in his Oscar winning performance as Whiplash Willie Gingrich had created something original. Billy Wilder when he did The Fortune Cookie must have seen this undeservedly forgotten MGM film with Lee Tracy in the title role.
In fact I'll bet Matthau probably clerked in Tracy's office before taking the bar and learned everything well. Tracy is the shyster lawyer that shyster lawyers make jokes about. But he's cleaning out the insurance companies and in those Depression years they've decided to do something about it.
What they've done is hire Madge Evans, a female PI to fake an accident and become a Tracy client. But as things go in these films of course she falls for the guy.
Some other familiar faces populate the cast. Most familiar are Frank Morgan as an alcoholic doctor who treats Tracy like a son and helps Tracy with his fraudulent injury cases. And also there's the ever droll Charles Butterworth who makes a living faking being hit by automobiles for insurance settlements. He's running out of big cities to pull that racket.
Still if you watch The Nuisance you'll know what inspired Billy Wilder in The Fortune Cookie.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?
| Report this