The Secret Six (1931)
Release Date: April 18, 1931
Directed by: George W. Hill
Johnny Mack Brown
Available on DVD through The Warner Brothers Archive Collection
Gable (billed seventh and not appearing until half an hour into the film) is Carl, a reporter for a New York newspaper, always out sniffing for a story. He competes with Hank (Brown), who works for a rival newspaper, for stories and the affection of Ann (Harlow). Ann works at a steakhouse owned by crooked Louie (Beery), who rises very fast to the top of a crime gang. Carl tries to play both sides of the coin and befriend Louie and his cronies while also giving tips to the police and “the secret six”, masked men bent on capturing the gang.
“Oh yeah? Well buck up, slaughterhouse. That’s a tough break. Johnny was a great little kid. And I know just how much he meant to you.” first lines
“I’m going to make a big story out of this!”
“Hi baby. How’s business?”
“Say, listen, if you’re going to fall for anybody, make it me. I’m the dependable guy!”
“Baby, you’ve got a pair of the most beautiful blue eyes I’ve ever seen. You know, I’d sure like to take you around and introduce you to my aunt Emma.”
“This is one scoop you’ve beat me to!”
“I guess I go for a ride, huh?”
“Oh yeah? Well all I want is a lot of sleep.”
“Boy, that’s hot news! Shot through the bedroom keyhole! Say, have the cops hold the guy in pajamas! Sure I’ll step on it! ” last lines
Behind the Scenes:
After seeing Gable’s potential in the film, producer Irving Thalberg instructed the screenwriters to add additional scenes to bolster his part. He offered Gable an MGM contract after completion of this film.
Gable’s first film with Jean Harlow. She was loaned to MGM from Warner Brothers for the role.