Easy Money (June 14, 1936)

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Easy Money
 

Released on January 15, 1947: A lawyer works for an insurance company to expose a phony accident racket and discovers that his brother is one of the gangsters.

Directed by Phil Rosen

The Actors: Onslow Stevens (Kenneth Harris), Kay Linaker (Carol Carter), Noel Madison ('Duke' Trotti), Allen Vincent (Eddie Adams), Barbara Barondess (Tonia), Wallis Clark (Mr. Richard M. Curtis), Selmer Jackson (Mr. Allan Harrison), Robert Homans (Sam Belden), Robert Graves (Sillsby), Robert Frazer (lab man), Broderick O'Farrell (the Judge), Barbara Bedford (Mrs. Ada Turner), Dickie Walters (little Johnny), Betty Mack (telephone operator), Henry Hebert (Elmer Johnson), John Kelly (Carney), Monte Vandergrift (henchman Moxey Malley), Allen Wood (henchman Chick), John Dilson (lawyer Rusick), Edward Hearn (cop), Lafe McKee (witness)

 

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Accidents Will Happen

I learned a lot about the law, lawyers, winners and losers many years ago when I was managing a fast food restaurant in Cleveland, Ohio. It was a quiet Monday morning and I had just unlocked the doors and opened for business. A couple of older ladies came in, ordered their lunch, picked up their trays filled with food and started walking from the counter to the dining area to sit at a table. As they approached the tables one lady fell to the floor and lay there until an ambulance that I called arrived and took her to the hospital. Some months later I appeared at an arbitration hearing between the lady, her lawyer, the lawyer from the restaurant's insurance company and myself. Presiding over the arbitration were three gentlemen who would listen to the case and make a decision. I testified that the floor and area where the lady fell was dry that there were no breaks or faults in the flooring. The lawyer for the restaurant had discovered that this same lady had fallen on a city bus and again in one of the large downtown department stores in the past twelve months, getting a hefty financial settlement both times. After the hearing was over and I was walking out of the building with the lawyer he asked me what I thought of the case. I told him that it should be open-and-shut - the lady shouldn't get anything other than her medical expenses. I can still remember the lawyer calmly smiling at me and telling me that the lady would certainly get a sizable financial settlement in addition to her medical expenses. My jaw dropped and I quickly asked him why he thought so and he told me one little fact about legal arbitrations that I never forgot. He said that the three men who heard the case were all lawyers that worked in the personal injury field and were chosen at random to hear arbitration cases. He went on to explain that he knew all of the gentlemen and that two of them regularly represented accident victims like this one, and the third was a lawyer that represented insurance companies . . . it was simple math, he continued . . . regardless of the facts, the two lawyers who regularly represented accident victims would vote to give the old gal a pile of money, so it would be two votes for a financial settlement and one against. Justice was meted out not on the facts but rather by the luck of the draw because two of the three arbitrators were from the ranks of the accident victim side of the law instead of the insurance company side. I imagine that since the arbitrators are chosen at random that cases go the other way about half the time . . . but again sadly, regardless of the facts. In this crime adventure from long before most of us were born we meet a young lawyer from the District Attorney's office who discovers that his brother is part of an 'accident' racket faking accidents and getting insurance settlements. He deliberately throws the case so that his brother gets off, and then resigns from the D.A.'s office to become an insurance company lawyer and fight the phony accident racket from the insurance company side. The gangsters seem to always be one step ahead of our lawyer most of the time and the law just cannot seem to be able to get the goods on them. Of course, since this movie was made during the beginning years of the Hays Office the outcome is just as certain as the case I was involved in many years ago - but this time the Hays Office wins and the gangsters lose. After a thrilling gun battle that the gangsters seem destined to win, they are captured red-handed . . . So pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter on it and enjoy the show.

Allen Vincent
Allen Vincent
Barbara Barondess and Allen Vincent
Barbara Barondess and Allen Vincent
Barbara Barondess and Dickie Walters
Barbara Barondess and Dickie Walters
Barbara Bedford and Allen Wood
Barbara Bedford and Allen Wood
Betty Mack
Betty Mack
Dickie Walters
Dickie Walters
John Dilson
John Dilson
John Dilson in Easy Money
John Dilson in Easy Money
Kay Linaker and Onslow Stevens
Kay Linaker and Onslow Stevens
Kay Linaker in Easy Money
Kay Linaker in Easy Money
Kay Linaker
Kay Linaker
Monte Vandergrift and Noel Madison
Monte Vandergrift and Noel Madison
Noel Madison and Allen Vincent
Noel Madison and Allen Vincent
Noel Madison and Allen Vincent
Noel Madison and Allen Vincent
Noel Madison and John Dilson
Noel Madison and John Dilson
Noel Madison as gangster Duke Trotti
Noel Madison as gangster Duke Trotti
Onslow Stevens, Wallis Clark and Kay Linaker
Onslow Stevens, Wallis Clark and Kay Linaker
Onslow Stevens
Onslow Stevens
Onslow Stevens in Easy Money
Onslow Stevens in Easy Money
Robert Graves and Selmer Jackson
Robert Graves and Selmer Jackson
Robert Homans and Allen Vincent
Robert Homans and Allen Vincent
Robert Homans in Easy Money
Robert Homans in Easy Money
Selmer Jackson
Selmer Jackson
Wallis Clark
Wallis Clark