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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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Complete credited cast:
... Eric Gregg
... Patricia Carmody
... Jim Faber
... Nona Gregg
... Blair Thurston
... John Oldham
... Mary Tarlton - Gregg's Secretary (as Ellen Clancy)
Elliott Sullivan ... Burley Thorne
... F.R. Dawson (as Anderson Lawlor)
Spec O'Donnell ... 'Specs' Carter
... Attorney Elmer Ross
... Martin Dorsey - Phoney Drunk Driver
... Dr. Faris
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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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9 April 1938 (USA)  »

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O Triunfo da Verdade  »

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Eric is married to a terrible lady....he just doesn't realize it yet.
19 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

Eric Gregg (Ronald Reagan) is an incredibly smart insurance adjuster. Again and again, he's able to unravel insurance fraud cases and is really a marvel. However, despite this he's blind to a serious problem at home. Gregg's wife longs to live higher on the hog and wants a fancy apartment and more...though they simply cannot afford it. So, she stupidly takes out a loan and defaults on it-- apparently not realizing that the folks giving her the loan were the same people who were behind the insurance fraud cases! Well, appearances are deceiving and it turns out Mrs. Gregg knows EXACTLY who these people are and she plans on making life easy on herself and the fraudsters! In essence, she goes into business with the crooks! When will Eric wake up and see who his wife really is?! And what's next?! Will Eric be able to have the last laugh?!

Although there were a lot of crappy B-movies made during this era, "Accidents Will Happen" is of a higher caliber--and much of it was because a big studio like Warner Brothers could make a much more polished B than tiny outfits like Monogram and PRC. The script is quite good as is the acting and the entire production has the nice polish that you'd expect from Warner. Overall, unusually good for a B--and better than many of the 'better', more expensive pictures!


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