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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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Hank (as John Mack Brown)
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Marjorie Rambeau ...
Paul Hurst ...
Mizoski - the Gouger
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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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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 first of six films co-starring Clark Gable and Jean Harlow. 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

Scorpio: [Comparing his slaughterhouse job to a life of crime] I'd rather have a bucketful of guts anytime than a bucketful of lead.
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Jean Harlow (1962) See more »

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For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
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Played at the party for Scorpio
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Yeah?
20 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Rather trite and confusing gangster story that nonetheless boasts some good performances by Wallace Beery, Jean Harlow, Clark Gable, Marjorie Rambeau and Lewis Stone. I have no clue who the Secret Six (they wear little What's My Line masks) are supposed to be, but the cast is game and the story bumps long nicely. Beery plays a thug who rises in the gangster ranks after killing rival Ralph Bellamy (with scars and blacked out teeth). Gable and Johnny Mack Brown play rival news men. There's a good scene while both men phone in their stories and flirt with Harlow at the same time. Very funny. Stone is the elite lawyer/head of the gang. Rambeau is a floozy who hates Beery. Somehow it all comes together more or less, but never quite makes sense. The parts are sometimes more than the whole. Harlow is quite good. Carol Tevis is funny as the manicurist. John Miljan, Murray Kinnell, and Paul Hurst have co-starring parts. Harlow is a scream as the floozy with the MGM fine-lady accent! And Gable is definitely the star on the fast rise.


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