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Emergency Call (1933)

Passed | | Action, Crime, Drama | 26 May 1933 (USA)
An expose of the racketeering "accident victims" who extort millions of dollars annually from American automobile owners, insurance companies and property owners by staging fake accident ... See full summary »

Director:

Edward L. Cahn (as Edward Cahn)

Writers:

Houston Branch (screen play), Joseph L. Mankiewicz (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Boyd ... Joe Bradley (as Bill Boyd)
Wynne Gibson ... Mabel Weenie
William Gargan ... Steve Brennan
George E. Stone ... Sammie Miller
Betty Furness ... Alice Averill
Reginald Mason ... Dr. Averill
Edwin Maxwell ... Tom Rourke
Merna Kennedy ... Day File Clerk
Oscar Apfel ... Dr. Schwarz
Ruth Fallows Ruth Fallows ... Mildred
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An expose of the racketeering "accident victims" who extort millions of dollars annually from American automobile owners, insurance companies and property owners by staging fake accident with paid-witnesses standing by to serve in court trials if needed. After a few examples, this one concentrates on the 'gutter-floppers." Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A Dramatic disclosure of dirty politics in the big-city hospitals. (original ad) See more »

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Action | Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 May 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El agresor invisible See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The Bible verse Mabel tries to recall at the end of the film is John 15:13. "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." See more »

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References King Kong (1933) See more »

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A most unusual film....with an amazing ending!
20 January 2019 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Emergency Call" is well worth seeing just because the subject matter of this Pre-Code film is so unusual. Imagine...a film about a hospital working hand in hand with organized crime!!

William Boyd (who later remade himself as the screen cowboy 'Hopalong Cassidy') stars as a young doctor, Joe Bradley, who works at a most uusual hospital. It seems that SOMEONE working there is helping organized crime! How? First, lots of fake injury cases arrive and the doctors treat the 'victims'....even though they know the folks are faking they aren't allowed to discharge them. Second, ambulance chasing shyster lawyers are being alerted when real accident cases arrive and they sneak in and get the patients to unknowingly sign away all their rights to them! But Joe and his friend, the ambulance driver, are making it hard for these crooks...and the crooks decide to fight back with a vengeance! Additionally, no one knows who at the hospital is helping these folks...but they must be identified as soon as possible.

I loved this film...particularly the second portion. This is because Post-Code they simply couldn't have made the very gritty ending...one that was very satisfying and violent! Wonderful acting, wonderful writing...and a pretty amazing picture.


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