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The Secret Six (1931)

Passed  -  Crime | Drama | Romance  -  18 April 1931 (USA)
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After rising bootlegger Slaughterhouse Scorpio eliminates his gangland competition, two reporters and a cabal of six businessmen work to expose him.

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Newton
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Hank (as John Mack Brown)
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Anne
Marjorie Rambeau ...
Paul Hurst ...
Mizoski - the Gouger
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Carl
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Johnny Franks
John Miljan ...
Colimo
DeWitt Jennings ...
Donlin
Murray Kinnell ...
Metz
Fletcher Norton ...
Delano
Louis Natheaux ...
Eddie
Frank McGlynn Sr. ...
Judge (as Frank McGlynn)
Theodore von Eltz ...
District Attorney (as Theodore Von Eltz)
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Storyline

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 Sandra Bockelman

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

18 April 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Guarda Secreta  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The murder of Johnny Mack Brown's Hank character is reminiscent of the sensational murder of Chicago Tribune reporter Jake Lingle, who had ties to organized crime, in 1930, but instead of being shot on the subway as Brown is, the real Lingle was gunned down in a tunnel leading to the train. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Newton: [to Scorpio] Go ahead and shoot if you got the nerve. I won't turn my back to yuh.
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Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Jean Harlow (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
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Traditional
Played at the party for Scorpio
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User Reviews

 
How much can crime buy?
6 August 2001 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

This is a great gangster movie with a very talented cast. Wallace Beery plays a Capone-type hoodlum that allows nothing to stand in his way. Well, tax problems do put his power and glory on the skids. The veteran actor Lewis Stone is a 'high brow' crime lord. Usual good guy Ralph Bellamy is a bootlegger/night club owner. The Chicago night life and gangland activity keeps this flick rocking back and forth, but well worth watching.

Talk about a great supporting cast. Get a load of this: Johnny Mack Brown, Clark Gable and the enchanting Jean Harlow. Fun to watch on the same evening with SCAREFACE(32) and THE STAR WITNESS(31)


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