The Secret Six is a fast-paced 1931 American pre-Code crime film starring Wallace Beery as "Slaughterhouse Scorpio", a character very loosely based on Al Capone, and featuring Lewis Stone, John Mack Brown, Jean Harlow, Clark Gable, Marjorie Rambeau and Ralph Bellamy. The film was written by Frances Marion and directed by George W. Hill for MGM.
Bootlegger Johnny Franks recruits a crude working man called Louis "Louie" Scorpio as part of the gang of mob boss Richard "Newt" Newton. Scorpio eventually becomes head of the organization himself. Then he is prosecuted by a secret group of six masked crime fighters, aided by newspaper reporters Carl Luckner and Hank Rogers.
The film was Ralph Bellamy's first screen role. Beery and Gable made Hell Divers the following year, this time with Gable's role almost as large as Beery's. Beery, Harlow and Gable would work together again four years later in the epic seafaring adventure China Seas (1935), only with their billing reversed and all three names above the title.
According to MGM records the film earned $708,000 in the US and Canada and $286,000 elsewhere resulting in a profit of $148,000.
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