The Secret Six (1931) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Secret Six (1931)

The Secret Six





Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

The Secret Six Trailers & Photos

Movie Info

Filled with gritty gangster action and set within the depths of the Prohibition era, this crime drama was considered so violent that the entire state of New Jersey and other regions of the U.S. banned it. Featuring a ruthless crime lord loosely based on Al Capone, the story chronicles a vicious gang war between two rival gangs over control of a big city's illegal booze trade. The struggle begins when the city's most powerful gangster attempts to squash the efforts of a new and highly successful band of bootleggers.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Frances Marion
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 16, 2012

Watch it now


Wallace Beery
as Louis Scorpio
Lewis Stone
as Richard Newton
Clark Gable
as Carl Luckner
Jean Harlow
as Anne Courtland
Johnny Mack Brown
as Hank Rogers
Paul Hurst
as Nick Mizoski, the Go...
Ralph Bellamy
as Johnny Franks
John Miljan
as Smiling Joe Colimo
DeWitt Jennings
as Chief Donlin
Murray Kinnell
as Dummy Metz
Fletcher Norton
as Jimmy Delano
Theodore von Eltz
as District Attorney
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for The Secret Six

Critic Reviews for The Secret Six

All Critics (2)

The first pairing of Gable and Harlow is the highlight of this so-so film.

Full Review… | April 7, 2013
Three Movie Buffs

Rising star Clark Gable impressed the MGM studio bosses so much in this gangster pic, they gave him a long-term contract.

Full Review… | May 5, 2011
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for The Secret Six

Fast moving crime drama has a ripped from the headlines feeling and as usual from MGM a great cast. Jean Harlow, in her first year of stardom, is not quite at ease in front of the camera yet but exudes star quality. Clark Gable however, also in his first big year, is totally at home and gives a breezy assured performance.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

A guy goes from a $35 a week job to being muscle for the mob to mayor to death row because of The Secret Six.Sounds like something straight out of a comic book don't it?

Brody Manson

Super Reviewer


The Secret Six (1931)

This is MGM's attempt at a "B" gangster movie which was always Warner Brother's specialty. The film is well done thanks to Director, George W. Hill from a screenplay by Frances Marion but pretty much covers every cliché in the genre. MGM puts out a full cast, and includes the studio's relative new-comers, Clark Gable and Jean Harlow (their first movie together).

Richard Newton (Lewis Stone) is an alcoholic deffence lawyer who secretly is the brains behind the Central outfit run by Johnny Franks (a sleazy looking Ralph Bellamy). Johnny brings in some new talent, Louie "Slaughterhouse" Scorpio (Wallace Beery) who sledgehammers cattle and does pig-sticking for a living, so you know he's going to be pretty brutal in his new career goals.

Johnny is a bootlegger and owns a speak-easy, and has a gangster mall, Peaches (Marjorie Rambeau). You know that Scorpio is going to eventually take over the gang and Peaches too.

Two competing reporters, Hank Rogers (Johnny Mack Brown) and Carl Luckner (Gable) are out to grab the crime story for their papers, as well as vying for the attentions of cute cigarette girl, Anne Courtland (Harlow) who, in fact, is working for Scorpio. She slides up to Hank to influence his coverage of Slaughterhouse Scorpio's activities, but she slowly falls in love with the guy.

Unknown to anyone Carl is Operator 36, working undercover for the "Secret Six" a secret crime fighting organization of businessmen and political kingpins. When they talk to people, they need to be blindfolded to protect their identity. Yeah, I know, sort of like right now.

Hank has got an angle to steal Scorpio's gun and using modern ballistic technology, prove that his gun was used in several murders, but Scorpio is hot on his trail. Anne testifies against Scorpio in court, but you know that Scorpio is going to beat the rap until the Secret Six get on him.

Rick Rudge

The Secret Six Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss The Secret Six on our Movie forum!