Accidents Will Happen (1938)

60 or 62 mins | Drama | 9 April 1938

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HISTORY

Although the actress portraying "Mary Tarlton" is credited onscreen as "Ellen Clancy," some contemporary sources list her as "Janet Shaw," the name she used in all of her subsequent films. Contemporary sources note that actual insurance frauds similar to the ones depicted in the film were making headlines in the newpapers at the time the movie was written. This was Gloria Blondell's first Warner Bros. ... More Less

Although the actress portraying "Mary Tarlton" is credited onscreen as "Ellen Clancy," some contemporary sources list her as "Janet Shaw," the name she used in all of her subsequent films. Contemporary sources note that actual insurance frauds similar to the ones depicted in the film were making headlines in the newpapers at the time the movie was written. This was Gloria Blondell's first Warner Bros. assignment. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
17 Feb 38
p. 3.
Film Daily
27 Apr 38
p. 24.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Aug 37
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Feb 38
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
23 Feb 38
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald
26 Feb 38
p. 32.
New York Times
25 Apr 38
p. 19.
Variety
27 Apr 38
p. 23.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Exec prod
Assoc prod
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Gowns
PRODUCTION MISC
Tech adv
DETAILS
Release Date:
9 April 1938
Production Date:
began 1 September 1937
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
23 December 1937
Copyright Number:
LP7892
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
60 or 62
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
3723
SYNOPSIS

Insurance investigator Eric Gregg shows great promise, but he is not advancing fast enough in his career to suit his wife Nona. Eric's shrewd investigation saves the company from liability in a shoe company fire and earns him a raise. Nona is pleased because she is anxious for a fur coat and a new apartment, but when she learns that the raise will not become effective for several weeks, she decides to borrow money to cover her expenses. She approaches the Friend in Need company, a target of Eric's investigations, and they willingly make the loan. When she misses a payment, she offers the company a deal. With her help, the company stages an accident, and when Eric discovers she is a witness, he does not investigate further, trusting her testimony. Dawson, the loan company's ally in the insurance office, discredits Eric and he is fired. Eric confronts Nona and she admits her participation in the fraud and leaves him. Unable to find another job, Eric asks cigarette girl Patricia Carmody to help him with a scheme of his own. Together, the two run successful insurance frauds, forcing his former employer to pay out large sums for claims against them. They attract the attention of Blair Thurston, the head of the loan company, who offers them a job. Eric arranges a high paying scam with Patricia playing the accident victim. Just before they implement the plan, Eric learns that Nona and Thurston are to be married. After the accident, Patricia is called as a witness, but instead of testifying, she reveals that she and Eric were working to ... +


Insurance investigator Eric Gregg shows great promise, but he is not advancing fast enough in his career to suit his wife Nona. Eric's shrewd investigation saves the company from liability in a shoe company fire and earns him a raise. Nona is pleased because she is anxious for a fur coat and a new apartment, but when she learns that the raise will not become effective for several weeks, she decides to borrow money to cover her expenses. She approaches the Friend in Need company, a target of Eric's investigations, and they willingly make the loan. When she misses a payment, she offers the company a deal. With her help, the company stages an accident, and when Eric discovers she is a witness, he does not investigate further, trusting her testimony. Dawson, the loan company's ally in the insurance office, discredits Eric and he is fired. Eric confronts Nona and she admits her participation in the fraud and leaves him. Unable to find another job, Eric asks cigarette girl Patricia Carmody to help him with a scheme of his own. Together, the two run successful insurance frauds, forcing his former employer to pay out large sums for claims against them. They attract the attention of Blair Thurston, the head of the loan company, who offers them a job. Eric arranges a high paying scam with Patricia playing the accident victim. Just before they implement the plan, Eric learns that Nona and Thurston are to be married. After the accident, Patricia is called as a witness, but instead of testifying, she reveals that she and Eric were working to uncover Thurston's gang. The gang, including Nona, are jailed, and Eric gets his old job back. +

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