In Chapter One (Modern Pirates), the G-Men learn that "Brenda", notorious jewel thief, is heading for the United States, to steal the Belgravian crown jewels currently on exhibit. The gems are placed on a ship bound for Belgravia, the guard is murdered and the jewels stolen. Secret Agent X-9 trails Blackstone, one of the gang, who hides the gems in a safe deposit vault of a bank. He takes the bank receipt to an art shop, where Marker, an accomplice, conceals it between an oil painting and its frame. X-9 arrests Blackstone and pursues Marker, and leaps into the speedboat Marker is getting away in. The speedboat crashes in to a buoy...see Chapter Two at this theatre next week. Shara Graustark) and Baron Michael Karsten, embassy attaché responsible for the jewels, show up next week and the remaining chapters deal with the recovery of the jewels and the unmasking of the mysterious "Brenda". Charters 9 through 12 find Brenda masquerading as the Baron and this complicates things for X-9 and... Written by
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The character of Secret Agent X-9 was actually created by mystery writer Dashiell Hammett for a 1934 comic strip, drawn by "Flash Gordon" creator Alex Raymond, for the Hearst-owned King Features Syndicate, which wanted a crime-fighting strip to compete with "Dick Tracy." See more »
Chapter 7: Seams in the backdrop when Dexter is looking for Blackstone on the roof top. See more »
Chapter forewords are depicted with cartoon panels. See more »
This Universal serial was never much discussed by fans of the genre and was thought lost. Released on DVD and VHS by VCI in 2003, it at first was overshadowed by the also-rediscovered JUNGLE JIM. Now that the dust has settled most fans seem to prefer it to JIM, and some say it's among the best Universals, on a par with the three Flash Gordons. Henry Brandon's performance as the heavy is one of the most memorable in serials, and production values are above average for a serial. Entertaining and fun, it provides absolutely no food for thought.
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