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Easy Money (1936)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 14 June 1936 (USA)
Dan Adams resigns his position as prosecutor on the district attorney's staff and sets out to clean up a gang of fake-accident racketeers. He gets a job with an insurance company, and ... See full summary »


Phil Rosen


Arthur T. Horman (screenplay), Paul Perez (story) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Onslow Stevens ... Dan Adams
Kay Linaker ... Carol Carter
Noel Madison ... 'Duke' Trotti
Allen Vincent ... Eddie Adams
Barbara Barondess ... Tonia
Wallis Clark ... Mr. Curtis
Selmer Jackson ... Mr. Harrison
Robert Homans ... Sam Belden
Robert Graves Robert Graves ... Sillsby
Robert Frazer ... Lab Man
Broderick O'Farrell ... Judge
Barbara Bedford ... Mrs. Turner
Dickie Walters Dickie Walters ... Little Johnny
Betty Mack ... Telephone Operator
Henry Hebert ... Elmer Johnson
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Dan Adams resigns his position as prosecutor on the district attorney's staff and sets out to clean up a gang of fake-accident racketeers. He gets a job with an insurance company, and assures the company president he will get the goods on the gang or die in the attempt. At the company offices, he meets Carol Carter and she, believing he is a shyster (possibly redundant) lawyer in the employ of the racketeers gives him as little help as possible. Dan visits his brother Eddie, who is mixed up with the gang and tries to make him break away. Eddie is belligerent but finally, because of the pressure brought by Dan and his wife Tonia, agrees to go straight. The gang, led by "Duke" Trotti, fears he will squeal and they kill him, plus they make his death look like an accident and plan to collect on it. Dan is closing in on the gang when Carol, who is now his assistant, comes up with some conclusive evidence, but "Duke" has plans to get rid of her before she can give the information to Dan. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Crime | Drama | Romance



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This film was first telecast Thursday 10 July 1941 on New York City's newly launched first full time television station WNBT (Channel 1) which had been previously been identified as W2XBS, during its preceding experimental years. Post-WWII television viewers got their first look at it in New York City Sunday 8 June 1947 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Cincinnati Sunday 7 March 1948 on WLW-T (Channel 4), and in Los Angeles Sunday 1 May 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5). See more »

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Flop Artists
31 August 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Onslow Stevens is an Assistant District Attorney who blows a case against "flop artists". Those are people who make fraudulent claims against insurance companies for accidents against people who carry their policies. It's a problem we still have today. Stevens' failure is motivated by his brother, Allen Vincent, being part of the ring headed by Noel Madison, who uses his antiques-and-decorating business to hide the cash.

Stevens goes to work for an insurance company, where he can get a larger view of the problem, and where his invaluable assistant is Carol Carter. After a few weeks, he gets the picture: flop artists, some shady doctors, and some crooked lawyers are what is needed to make the racket pay. Because everyone believes that insurance companies have lots of money, the payouts are big, and premiums go up. People get mad at the insurance companies and juries write bigger checks.

However, Stevens begins making headway, and Vicent gets married and goes straight, even though he won't rat on the gang. Not everyone believes that, though.

It's a pretty good movie directed by Phil Rosen in a busy year for the Poverty Row director, just one of nine movies he cranked out that year. The acting is good, the dialogue and visuals move at a good clip and the result is a movie that must have pleased both the audiences and the insurance companies.

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