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Special Agent K-7 (1936)

Passed | | Action, Crime, Mystery | 5 May 1936 (USA)
(1937) Walter McGrail, Irving Pichel, Queenie Smith, Donald Reed. A fine poverty row thriller. Agent K-7 finds himself knee-deep in a murder mystery at a posh nightclub run by a mobster. ... See full summary »


(as Raymond K. Johnson)


(photoplay), (additional dialogue) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Queenie Smith ...
Ollie O'Dea
Lester Owens
Donald Reed ...
Billy Westrop
Willy Castello ...
Eddie Geller
Tony Blank
Richard Tucker ...
Chief Agent John Adams
Malcolm McGregor ...
Silky Samuels (as Malcolm MacGregor)
Hans Joby ...
Schmidt (as Capt. John Peters)
George Eldredge ...
Prosecuting Attorney Ames
Henri Menjou ...
Smaltz (as Henry Menjou)
David MacDonald ...
William Royle ...
Police Capt. Hall


(1937) Walter McGrail, Irving Pichel, Queenie Smith, Donald Reed. A fine poverty row thriller. Agent K-7 finds himself knee-deep in a murder mystery at a posh nightclub run by a mobster. Pichel is great as the smooth-talking lawyer with gangland ties. Who done it? Lots of guys in cool suits, gorgeous dames, and gangland patter. There's even a nifty musical number. 16mm. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

5 May 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Crimen misterioso  »

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1.37 : 1
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The version of this film available on archive.org eliminates the original music under the opening credits and substitutes a more recent recording. See more »


References Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) See more »


Actions Speak Louder Than Words
Written by Magnus Rosman, (as Ross Magnus) and Billie Rice
Sung by and played on piano by Joy Hodges
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FBI agent Walter McGrail and lawyer Irving Pichel head the cast of this engaging murder mystery
3 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Special Agent K-7" is a good murder story that packs quite a lot into its package. My copy runs 66 minutes, not the original 71 minute running time. I think the movie would be even better without those cuts. As it stands, however, it's quite engaging and snappy with plenty of characters, including tough guys and reporters as is common in these 30s crime movies.

The story opens with a trial in which the confident defense lawyer, Irving Pichel, gets a hung jury. Before 12 minutes have passed, we learn that he bribed a juror, and soon enough that juror is killed. Pichel's acting raises this picture greatly. He had a deep, strong and distinctive voice. He came across as a firm character in many movies. Pichel, a good director, also directed 38 movies.

The story revolves around a second murder, which is of a night club owner played by Willy Castello, a b-player hailing from the Netherlands who often appeared in uncredited roles. He holds a gambling note signed by a young man played by Donald Reed. Pichel will defend Reed against murder. Reed's about to marry a feisty woman reporter played by Queenie Smith, and she knows the story's FBI agent, Walter McGrail. He's been prevailed upon to take this assignment against "organized crime", but his usual assignments are overseas as a special agent. McGrail is more or less undercover for much of the story, posing as a businessman in chemicals. He weaves in and out. Hanging around this night club with its gambling room is an assortment of tough guys, one of whom is Duncan Renaldo of Cisco Kid fame. There is room for one complete and nicely-done song done by Joy Hodges, who accompanies herself for real on the piano. The script, in some minor scenes and characters, moves too swiftly.

Among these old b-movies, one has to sort out the little gems from the creaky ones whose acting and production values are so bad as to undermine the movie. While not a gem, this movie is one of the better ones, with a good story and lively acting.

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