Bootlegger/cafe owner Ralph Bellamy recruits crude working man Wallace Beery to join his gang which is masterminded by crooked criminal defense lawyer Lewis Stone. Beery eventually takes over Bellamy's operation, beats a rival gang, becomes wealthy and dominates the city for several years until a secret group of 6 masked businessmen have him prosecuted and sent to the electric chair with the help of rival crusading newspapermen Clark Gable and Johnny Mack Brown. Waitress Jean Harlow is torn between her love for the honest newsman Brown and her financial dependence on her generous boss, Beery. Written by
The first of six films co-starring Clark Gable and Jean Harlow. See more »
When 'Slaughterhouse' Scorpio (Wallace Beery) shoots Johnny Franks (Ralph Bellamy), the view is of Franks from behind and only the gun smoke and sound of an automatic weapon firing from just off-screen. When Scorpio is shown immediately afterward, he is holding a revolver and not an automatic weapon, so obviously the two scenes were shot separately and patched together. See more »
Go ahead and shoot if you got the nerve. I won't turn my back to yuh.
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For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
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During Prohibition, scruffy stockyards worker Wallace Beery (as Louis "Slaughterhouse" Scorpio) is offered a more lucrative job bootlegging with pal Ralph Bellamy (as Johnny Franks). After a shooting, mob boss Lewis Stone (as Richard Newton) covers for Mr. Beery, who has become his right hand man. Investigating reporters Clark Gable (as Carl Luckner) and John Mack Brown (as Hank Rogers) try to avoid bribes while getting close enough to blow the lid off the racket. "The Secret Six" assists in crime-solving...
This film is too cluttered, though it helps that Mr. Stone doubles as a lawyer. The crowded cast tries, with Mr. Beery continuing to be an engaging "talkie" presence. Berry first appeared in the "Quigley Publications" annual poll of money-making stars in 1931 (at #6) and remained for most of the 1930s. While listed down in the credits, by the end you'll know Mr. Gable is a star on the rise. Platinum blonde Jean Harlow (as Anne Courtland) and floozy Marjorie Rambeau (as Peaches) provide feminine companionship.
**** The Secret Six (4/18/31) George W. Hill ~ Wallace Beery, Clark Gable, Lewis Stone, Jean Harlow
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