“Carl, you’d better come through: Who are the secret six?”
A reporter (Clark Gable) and a moll (Jean Harlow) help a group of concerned citizens (the “Secret Six”) bring about the downfall of big-time prohibition-era mobster Louie Scorpio (Wallace Beery).
Response to Peary’s Review:
As Peary notes, the cast in this early anti-crime flick is “first-rate”, with Wallace Beery’s “offbeat” performance as Louie Scorpio especially notable. While there’s nothing new under the sun here in terms of the plot — small-time slaughterhouse worker rises to the top of the crime world by killing colleagues, bribing journalists, and planting politicians — it’s all done with style and levity, and is a joy to watch. It’s also fun to see Clark Gable and Jean Harlow in two of their earlier film roles, with Gable coming across as especially charismatic. However, this film really should have a different title, given that the “Secret Six” (concerned citizens who, as Peary puts it, “look silly in their Lone Ranger masks”) only show up twice, and don’t have much to do with the overall plot.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
No. While it’s a good anti-crime flick with an excellent cast, I believe director George Hill’s previous film, The Big House (1930), is a better candidate as a “must see” film.
Posted on September 1st, 2006 by admin
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