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The Nuisance (1933)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 2 June 1933 (USA)
An ambulance-chasing lawyer gets tangled up with a female investigator out to end his shyster ways.


Jack Conway


Chandler Sprague (story), Howard Emmett Rogers (story) | 4 more credits »


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


An ambulance-chasing lawyer gets tangled up with a female investigator out to end his shyster ways.

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Release Date:

2 June 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Accidents Wanted See more »

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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


John Calhoun: Miss Mason, these gentlemen are going to give you a complete physical examination.
Dorothy Mason: Me? All three of them? And I thought there was a depression.
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Remade as The Chaser (1938) See more »

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A memorable actor at his best
4 June 2003 | by jaykay-10See all my reviews

Versatility is an attribute in any performer, but so is doing one thing exceptionally well. Perhaps if Lee Tracy's screen career had not met a premature, unfortunate ending, he and his public would have felt a need for him to play something other than the kind of role which he performed with such natural ease and remarkable skill: the brash, fast-talking, wisecracking, slithery, finger-jabbing, opportunistic, less than trustworthy (to put it mildly) rascal. As a tour de force, this picture ranks with his best, even if there may be more twists and turns of the plot than the story requires. Though Frank Morgan's poignant portrayal of an alcoholic doctor is not an altogether comfortable fit here, and Tracy's explanation of his loss of youthful ideals too pat to be convincing, the movie is consistently entertaining, with fine performances by all the supporting players aiding and abetting another memorable star turn by Lee Tracy.

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