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Release Date:
12 April 1937 (USA) See more »
From the newspaper strip by Charles Flanders owned and copyrighter by King Features Synidcate See more »
A secret agent goes after the gang that stole the crown jewels of a European monarchy. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Strip creators Dashiell Hammett and Alex Raymond go uncredited. See more (4 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Scott Kolk ... Agent Dexter (X-9)

Jean Rogers ... Shara Graustark

David Oliver ... Pidge

Monte Blue ... Baron Michael Karsten

Henry Brandon ... Blackstone

Larry J. Blake ... Chief FBI Agent Wheeler (as Larry Blake)
Henry Hunter ... FBI Agent Tommy Dawson (C-5)
George Shelley ... Henchman Packard

Lon Chaney Jr. ... Maroni (primary henchman)

Si Jenks ... 'Jolly Roger' ticket barker [Chs. 1, 4, 7-9]
Lynn Gilbert ... Rose, gang moll [Chs. 2, 6-7, 12]
Robert Dalton ... Thurston
Leonard Lord ... Ransom (dissident henchman) [Chs. 1-6]
Ben Hewlett ... Scarlett (primary henchman) (as Bentley Hewlett)

Bob Kortman ... 'Trader' Delaney [Chs. 7-9, 11-12] (as Robert Kortman)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Thomas Carr ... FBI Agent Tracy - Phoney Newsboy [Chs. 3, 5, 7, 8] (uncredited)

Jack Cheatham ... Henchman Sebastian [Chs. 8, 11-12] (uncredited)
Al Ferguson ... FBI Agent Dyer [Chs. 1, 7] (uncredited)
Max Hoffman Jr. ... Henchman Marker [Chs. 1-2] (uncredited)

George Magrill ... Freighter Crewman [Chs. 9-10] (uncredited)
Charles Murphy ... Jolly Roger Ticket-Taker (uncredited)

Eddie Parker ... Marine Guard [Ch. 1] / FBI Agent Crain [Chs. 6-8, 11-12] / Henchman [Chs. 11-12] (uncredited)

Edward Peil Sr. ... The Fence [Chs. 11-12] (uncredited)
Elliott Rothe ... Agent Jimmie Tilden [Ch. 1] (uncredited)

William Royle ... FBI Agent Dunn [Chs. 1, 2, 5-7, 10, 12] (uncredited)

Tom Steele ... Policeman [Chs. 1-2] / Marine Guard [Ch. 1] / Henchman [Chs. 2, 5, 10] / FBI Agent [Chs. 7-8, 11] / 'Jolly Roger' Sailor [Chs. 9, 11-12] (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Truck Driver [Ch. 4] (uncredited)

Eddy Waller ... Lawyer Carp [Chs. 2, 12] (uncredited)

Directed by
Ford Beebe 
Clifford Smith  (as Cliff Smith)
Writing credits
Charles Flanders (news feature)

Wyndham Gittens (story and screenplay) and
Norman S. Hall (story and screenplay) and
Leslie Swabacker (story and screenplay) and
Ray Trampe (story and screenplay)

Dashiell Hammett  character (uncredited)

Produced by
Ben Koenig .... associate producer
Barney A. Sarecky .... associate producer (as Barney Sarecky)
Henry MacRae .... associate producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Richard Fryer 
Jerome Ash (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Leete Renick Brown  (as L.R. Brown)
Joseph Gluck  (as Joe Gluck)
Louis Sackin 
Alvin Todd 
Art Direction by
Ralph M. DeLacy  (as Ralph DeLacy)
George Magrill .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Parker .... stunt double: Scott Kolk (uncredited)
Tom Steele .... stunt double: Henry Brandon & Jack Cheatham (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Saul A. Goodkind .... supervising editor
Music Department
Karl Hajos .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Bernhard Kaun .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Charles Maxwell .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Arthur Morton .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Sam Perry .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Charles Previn .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Heinz Roemheld .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Clifford Vaughan .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Clifford Vaughan .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Edward Ward .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Franz Waxman .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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294 min (12 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA High Fidelity Sound)
USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: Chapter 7: Seams in the backdrop when Dexter is looking for Blackstone on the roof top.See more »
Movie Connections:
Followed by Secret Agent X-9 (1945)See more »


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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Strip creators Dashiell Hammett and Alex Raymond go uncredited., 10 December 2005

"Secret Agent X-9", the newspaper comic strip created by Dashiell Hammett and artist Alex Raymond for Hearst's King Features Syndicate that made it's debut on January 22, 1934 received no credits when this Universal serial was released on April 12, 1937. But, by that time, both Hammett, as the scripter, and Raymond, as the artist and scripter, had departed the strip, although the newspaper comic strip's title retained "Dashiell Hammett's Secret Agent X-9" past the time he was no longer involved.

This film was Universal's 34th sound-era serial, and fell between "Jungle Jim" and "Wild West Days" in the production and release order. "Flash Gordon" was Universal's 30th serial and "Jungle Jim" was the 33rd, so artist/writer Alex Raymond's comic strip creations had been the basis for three of the last five serials Universal had made in that period of time. With two more "Flash Gordon" serials to come and another version of "Secret Agent X-9" in 1945, characters originally drawn and/or created by Raymond, one of greats of the comic strip genre, accounted for six of Universal's 69 serials. Actually, it is closer to seven since Raymond had worked on Lyman Young's "Tim Tyler's Luck" until 1934, which became Universal's 37th sound serial. Hammett left the strip in 1935, and the scenario gap was temporarily filled by an uncredited Leslie Charteris, creator of "The Saint." The actual basis credit on the serial was a line---on the film and all of the posters and ads---that read "From the Sensational Sleuth Cartoon Strip by Charles Flanders-Owned and Copyrighted by King Features Syndicate 1/22/34." The background art work, used in the film and on the posters, press book and most of the ads, came from 1936-37 dailies credited to Charles Flanders on the daily strips but still appearing in the style of Raymond, so Raymond's long-time ghoster Austin Briggs may have still been doing work on the daily panels. The press book does contain a still of Charles Flanders at work drawing a panel. "X-9" had no name during this era of the comic strip, but did tell a character who asked in the fifth day of the daily strip in January, 1934 to..."Call me Dexter. It's not my name but it'll do." Universal evidently thought "it'll do" for the serial also. He later, much, much later, acquired the name of "Corrigan" and the title of the strip was changed to "Secret Agent Corrigan" in the 70's.

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 (Scott Kolk) trails Blackstone (Henry Brandon), 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 (Max Hoffman, Jr.), and 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. Jean Rogers (as Shara Graustark) and Monte Blue (as 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, of course, the Baron. Those in weekly attendance in 1937, if they paid attention to some of the stills and lobby cards on display, knew who Brenda was long before X-9 did.

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