Emergency Call (1933): William Boyd’s Pre-Code Drama, Starring William Boyd

Directed by Edward L. Cahn, the Pre-Code melodrama Emergency Call was written by Houston Branch and Joseph L. Mankiewicz.

The tale is an expose of the scandalous racketeering “accident victims” who extort huge amounts of money from American automobile owners, insurance companies and property owners.

Their strategy is to stage fake accident with paid-witnesses standing by to serve in court trials if needed.  This urgent chronicle focuses on the ‘gutter-floppers.”

The film stars William Boyd, Wynne Gibson, William Gargan, George E. Stone and Betty Furness.

William Boyd plays Joe, an initially innocent man who takes his turn as an ambulance driver for the hospital run by his future father-in-law.  Gradually, he begins to realize that the hospital is under the control of corrupt local politician Edwin Maxwell.

The film was released on June 24, 1933 by RKO Pictures.

William Boyd as Joe
Wynne Gibson as Mabel
William Gargan as Steve
George E. Stone as Sammie
Betty Furness as Alice
Edwin Maxwell as Rourke
Merna Kennedy as Day File Clerk
Oscar Apfel as Dr. Schwarz
Paul Fix as Dr. Mason



Directed by Edward L. Cahn
Produced by Merian C. Cooper
Screenplay by Houston Branch, Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Story by John B. Clymer, James Ewens
Music by Roy Webb
Cinematography J. Roy Hunt
Edited by Daniel Mandell

Production company: RKO Pictures

Release date: June 24, 1933

Running time: 70 minutes