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Special Agent (1935)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 14 September 1935 (USA)
Newspaperman Bill Bradford becomes a special agent for the tax service trying to end the career of racketeer Alexander Carston. Julie Gardner is Carston's bookkeeper. Bradford enters ... See full summary »

Director:

William Keighley

Writers:

Laird Doyle (screen play), Abem Finkel (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bette Davis ... Julie Gardner
George Brent ... Bill Bradford
Ricardo Cortez ... Alexander Carston
Jack La Rue ... Jake Andrews (as Jack LaRue)
Henry O'Neill ... District Attorney Roger Quinn
Robert Strange ... Alec 'Waxy' Armitage
Joseph Crehan ... Police Commissioner
J. Carrol Naish ... Joe Durell (as J. Carroll Naish)
Joe Sawyer ... Ned Rich (as Joseph Sauers)
William B. Davidson ... Charlie Young (as William Davidson)
Robert Barrat ... Chief of Internal Revenue Service
Paul Guilfoyle ... Williams
Joe King ... Agent Wilson (as Joseph King)
Irving Pichel ... U.S. District Attorney
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Storyline

Newspaperman Bill Bradford becomes a special agent for the tax service trying to end the career of racketeer Alexander Carston. Julie Gardner is Carston's bookkeeper. Bradford enters Carston's organization and Julie cooperates with him to land Carston in jail. An informer squeals on them. Julie is kidnapped by Carston's henchmen as she is about to testify. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>, A. Nonymous

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Agent specjalny See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The Hays office objected to a bit of dialogue by character Nick Carston so rather than reshoot the scene, the sound was eliminated. See more »

Goofs

At the castle when one of the law enforcement agents kills the gangster Rich with a machine gun; the entrance door is riddled with heavy gunfire and the bullets penetrate the door. However directly on the other side of the door are other agents and therefore they should have also been struck by gunfire but when they busted through the door immediately thereafter no agent was hit by bullets or shrapnel from the door. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Stardust: The Bette Davis Story (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Cheerful Little Earful
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played as background music at the casino
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16 May 2007 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

Bette Davis was already an established actress when she did this film with 27 movies under her belt, and an Oscar nomination for Of Human Bondage. She would win an Oscar for Dangerous the same year this film was released. This is a different Bette Davis than most of us are used to seeing. She was a cute blonde in this film and here acting ability was very evident even in this average gangster flick.

This flick had a good story about trying to bring down a mobster (Ricardo Cortez) with a T-Man (George Brent) posing as a newspaper reporter. You have to suspend belief at some of the story, but it's not 2007! Brent and Davis would join forces later with Bogey and Ronald Reagan in the Oscar-nominated Dark Victory.


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