The Nuisance (1933)

Passed   |    |  Comedy, Drama, Romance

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


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22 January 2014 | MartinHafer
| Who the heck are you supposed to root for in this crazy picture?!
While it's very hard to believe, this film is about a sleazy lawyer whose career consists of chasing ambulances (literally) and making fake claims for injuries to his clients. Joe Stevens (Lee Tracy) is a lawyer without scruples and you get the impression that the movie is supposed to be a comedy. However, oddly, later in the film is becomes a bit of a romance and by the end the audience is supposed to be pulling for Stevens! This really makes no sense and although he CLEARLY is a crook, the filmmakers seemed confused about what to do with the tone and focus of the picture.

As far as the actors go, they did a nice job with the highly flawed material they were given. This sort of role was tailor-made for Tracy and he's ably supported by Charles Butterworth and Frank Morgan as well as Madge Evans as the obligatory love interest. But I'd rate this one no more than a 4 and a time-passer at best. The film has lots of great scenes but no coherence whatsoever.

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