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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 »




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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Comedy | Drama | Romance








Release Date:

2 June 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Accidents Wanted 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 »


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 csteidlerSee 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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