The Secret Six

For other uses, see Secret Six (disambiguation).
The Secret Six
Directed by George W. Hill
Produced by George W. Hill
Irving Thalberg
Written by Frances Marion
Starring Wallace Beery
Lewis Stone
John Mack Brown
Jean Harlow
Clark Gable
Ralph Bellamy
Marjorie Rambeau
Cinematography Harold Wenstrom
Edited by Blanche Sewell
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
  • April 18, 1931 (1931-04-18)
Running time
83 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $494,000[1]
Box office $994,000[1]

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.

Cast (in credits order)

Jean Harlow and Clark Gable in The Secret Six


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.

Box office

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.[1]


  1. 1 2 3 The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.

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