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Special Agent K-7 (1936)

(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 »


Bernard B. Ray (as Raymond K. Johnson)


Phil Dunham (photoplay), Leslie Spiller (additional dialogue) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter McGrail ... Vincent 'Lanny' Landers
Queenie Smith ... Ollie O'Dea
Irving Pichel ... Lester Owens
Donald Reed ... Billy Westrop
Willy Castello Willy Castello ... Eddie Geller
Duncan Renaldo ... Tony Blank
Joy Hodges ... Peppy
Richard Tucker ... John Adams - Chief Agent
Malcolm McGregor ... Silky Samuels (as Malcolm MacGregor)
Hans Joby Hans Joby ... Schmidt (as Capt. John Peters)
George Eldredge George Eldredge ... Ames - Prosecuting Attorney
Henri Menjou Henri Menjou ... Smaltz (as Henry Menjou)
David MacDonald David MacDonald ... Goodwin
William Royle ... Police Capt. Hall
Harry Harvey ... Speedy


(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) See more »

Also Known As:

Agente K-7 See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film's earliest documented telecast occurred Monday 11 June 1945 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). In Baltimore it first aired Friday 19 March 1948 on WMAR (Channel 2). 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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Good plot, but real low budget film
24 March 2014 | by SimonJackSee all my reviews

From 1929 to the early 1950s, thousands of cheap movies were made in what was then known as Hollywood's Poverty Row. I saw a good number of those growing up in the 1940s and early 1950s – especially Westerns, with some gangster, monster and sci-fi flicks. Those were shown at the Saturday matinées for kids. We usually saw double-headers in the theater. We had a dime to go to the movies. It cost 9¢ to get in and the last penny bought us a small bag of popcorn. By the mid-1950s, I was working weekends for my dad's business and had grown out of the kids' matinées. TV was becoming widespread by then, and the Saturday matinées didn't last much longer. The price of admission with a bag of popcorn then was 15¢.

The mystery, crime, horror and other Poverty Row movies in those days competed with the bigger films and were shown at night. When we consider the output of the major studios over several decades, it's a wonder that any of those lesser studio products survive today. Most likely, many of them don't. But those that do usually survive for one of three reasons. They may have a good screenplay or interesting plot. They may have big name stars in their early years and before they made it big. Or they may have become cult films.

This movie, "Special Agent K-7" survives for the first reason – an interesting and intriguing story. Period. The best of the acting is just so-so, and some of it gives the hint that it was a no-rehearsal, one- take shoot. The script, directing, cinematography and editing are poor. Most of the technical qualities also suffer.

The story is interesting enough that I wonder if a bigger studio might not have picked it up later, copied it, or done a remake with a top cast and production.

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