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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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  (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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
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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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Pleasantly surprised at how good this serial was, 24 August 2005
Author: Scarletfire-1 from United States

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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