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 »
I've always liked the spy and detective type of serials more than the westerns - and this one is a good example of why. Production standards were quite good and it had all the usual serial excitement, fights, and cliffhangers. Lon Chaney Jr. plays a small part as one of the bad guy's heavies. The crown jewels of Belgravia are worth millions, and are sought by the crooks. Secret Agent X-9 is out to stop their nefarious plans!
This particular title was unavailable until recently. The film print that was used for the DVD is extremely sharp and clear. Its refreshing to see a serial this old and realize that they all looked this good when first shown in the theaters. Its a shame that more of the cliffhangers aren't available in this quality.
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