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September 23, 2016
Great gangster movie, being a friend means you get shot in the back. First big flick for Gable and before he had a moustache, and first pairing of Gable and Harlow. Wallace Beery is a big wise guy with no morals. Ralph Bellamy cast against type - this was his first movie.
January 7, 2015
In the '30s, Warner Bros. specialized in gritty, violent urban crime dramas, and no studio did them better. This tough-as-nails gangster film is, surprisingly enough, from MGM, and compares favorably with the Warners product--in fact, it comes out ahead in several respects. The cast is terrific--with Wallace Beery, Jean Harlow, Ralph Bellamy and Clark Gable (before he was a star), to name a few... Polluting The Justice System--This movie is a thinly veiled attempt to portray the life of Al Capone. The violent rise and fall of the gangster, portrayed by Wallace Beery, the taking over of the government of an adjacent small town, the eventual tax problem that Beery's character has...these and other subplots are mirror images of Capone's Chicago... Bootlegging with Beery!!
December 27, 2014
awesome pre-code gangsta saga
April 17, 2014
A solid gangster flick, with up-and-coming stars Clark Gable and Jean Harlow lending support to Wallace Beery.
Super Reviewer
August 14, 2011
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.
Super Reviewer
June 15, 2011
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?
½ March 25, 2011
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.
March 3, 2011
good early talkie with harlow-need I say more!
January 8, 2010
Good old classic, it's a crime melodrama about bootleggers and corruption. It was a hot topic in those days. It's not a big budget film but it's quite well done. Directed by George W. Hill and stars Wallace Beery, Lewis Stone, Johnny Mack Brown and Ralph Bellamy. It's is important for the early appearances of Jean Harlow and Clark Gable.
½ October 6, 2008
Utterly forgettable gangster picture with some of MGM's biggest stars of the '30's (Beery, Gable, Harlow, Stone). Although loosely based on real events, the scene with the masked "secret six" is laugh-out-loud funny. Hard to believe this one got such great reviews for its gritty and "realistic" screenplay!
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