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Special Agent (1935)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 14 September 1935 (USA)
Newspaperman Bill Bradford becomes a special agent for the tax service trying to end the career of racketeer Alexander Carston. Julie Gardner is Carston's bookkeeper. Bradford enters ... See full summary »

Director:

William Keighley

Writers:

Laird Doyle (screen play), Abem Finkel (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bette Davis ... Julie Gardner
George Brent ... Bill Bradford
Ricardo Cortez ... Alexander Carston
Jack La Rue ... Jake Andrews (as Jack LaRue)
Henry O'Neill ... District Attorney Roger Quinn
Robert Strange ... Alec 'Waxy' Armitage
Joseph Crehan ... Police Commissioner
J. Carrol Naish ... Joe Durell (as J. Carroll Naish)
Joe Sawyer ... Ned Rich (as Joseph Sauers)
William B. Davidson ... Charlie Young (as William Davidson)
Robert Barrat ... Chief of Internal Revenue Service
Paul Guilfoyle ... Williams
Joe King ... Agent Wilson (as Joseph King)
Irving Pichel ... U.S. District Attorney
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Storyline

Newspaperman Bill Bradford becomes a special agent for the tax service trying to end the career of racketeer Alexander Carston. Julie Gardner is Carston's bookkeeper. Bradford enters Carston's organization and Julie cooperates with him to land Carston in jail. An informer squeals on them. Julie is kidnapped by Carston's henchmen as she is about to testify. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>, A. Nonymous

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Crime | Drama

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Agent specjalny See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Hays office objected to a bit of dialogue by character Nick Carston so rather than reshoot the scene, the sound was eliminated. See more »

Goofs

When Richie takes Bill away to the castle, the feet of crew members and camera equipment are clearly reflected on the car. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Stardust: The Bette Davis Story (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

About a Quarter to Nine
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played as background music at the casino
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An OK but improbable early Bette Davis crime melodrama with the stars sustaining interest in the action.
12 May 1999 | by Art-22See all my reviews

This crime melodrama is never dull and has some very exciting moments, although the action is improbable. It's well-paced with fine acting: young and beautiful Bette Davis is enjoyable to watch, but her sophistication seems a bit out of place while working for a hood; George Brent is as suave as ever; and Ricardo Cortez makes a good heavy, with lighting effects making him look more sinister. I also liked the acting of many of the supporting characters such as Robert Strange (who is a standout), J. Carroll Naish and Joseph Sawyer, as three of Cortez's murdering henchmen. Anyone who likes the genre should like this film.

Martin Mooney, who provided the story on which this film is based, was a newspaper man and well aware that the government was sending noted racketeers up the river for income tax evasion. Al 'Scarface' Capone was indicted by a federal grand jury for that offense and spent eight years behind bars starting in 1931.


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