Portrayals on stage or screen of actuaries often attract a lot of interest within the profession. Many will remember the 2002 film About Schmidt (loosely based on a 1996 novel of the same name that was not about an actuary). Many of us are also familiar with the 1976 BBC film Billion Dollar Bubble, which is based on a true story of a corrupt insurance enterprise and has long been used in ethics training in the profession. My favorite cinematic portrayal of an actuary is found in a somewhat ridiculous and obscure film of the late 1940s that has received surprisingly little attention in the profession considering that its lead character is an actuary with a professionalism issue.
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Up to Code – September/October 2019, David Driscoll