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Secret Agent X-9 [Serial] [1937] Details

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Supporting actor [[Performer~P39001~Scott Kolk~scottkolk]] was elevated to playing the title role in this Graustarkian spy thriller, serialized in 12 chapters by Universal. Reportedly based on characters created by [[Performer~P187974~Dashiell Hammett~dashiellhammett]], the serial featured an American secret agent assigned to recover the crown jewels of Belgravia. Agent X-9 is assisted in his quest by Shara Graustark ([[Performer~P61105~Jean Rogers~jeanrogers]]) and opposed by a master criminal known as Blackstone ([[Performer~P8080~Henry Brandon~henrybrandon]]). A Universal contract player, [[Performer~P39001~Scott Kolk~scottkolk]] had played Leer, one of the young German soldiers-turned-cannon fodder in [[Feature~V1579~All Quiet on the Western Front~allquietonthewesternfront]] (1930), but stardom had eluded him. A name change to [[Performer~P39001~Scott Colton~scottkolk]] didn't do the trick either, and he left films in 1938. Leading lady [[Performer~P61105~Jean Rogers~jeanrogers]], on the other hand, had played Dale Arden in [[Feature~V17730~Flash Gordon~flashgordon]] (1936) and has become a serial icon. Universal used the title [[Feature~V141485~Secret Agent X-9~secretagentx9[serial][1945]]] again in 1945, but with a different setting and plot. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi

Cast

Scott Kolk
as Secret Agent X-9
Jean Rogers
as Shara Graustark
Monte Blue
as Baron Michael Karston
Henry Brandon
as Blackstone (Brenda)
Henry Hunter
as Tommy Dawson
Lon Chaney, Jr.
as Maroni
Robert Dalton
as Agent Jimmy Tilton
Bob Kortman
as Trader Delaney
William Royle
as Agent Dunn
Thomas Carr
as Agent Tracy
Eddy Waller
as Carp
George Magrill
as shipmate
Tom Steele
as marine
Al Ferguson
as henchman
Eddie Parker
as henchman

Crew

Cliff Smith
Director
Ford I. Beebe
Director
Wyndham Gittens
Screenwriter
Dashiell Hammett
Book Author
Richard Fryer
Cinematographer
Barney A. Sarecky
Associate Producer
Henry MacRae
Executive Producer
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