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  • Actors: Lloyd Bridges, Keye Luke, Jan Wiley, Victoria Horne, Samuel S. Hinds
  • Directors: Lewis D. Collins, Ray Taylor
  • Writers: Dashiell Hammett, Harold Channing Wire, Joseph O'Donnell, Patricia Harper
  • Producers: Morgan Cox
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Vci Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 28, 2003
  • Run Time: 252 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000087F3E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,359 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Secret Agent X-9" on IMDb

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Based on the comic strip by artist Alex Raymond and writer Dashiell Hammett. International agents join forces to stop the Nazis from acquiring the formula for synthetic fuel. Lloyd Bridges stars as agent X-9 in this action packed serial. This was the last comic strip inspired serial released by Universal and the second Secret Agent X-9 film based on the same comic strip by Dashiell Hammett and Alex Raymond. The plot line is different from the 1937 version however the characters are similar. Bonus Features: Interview with Beau Bridges and Max Allan Collins| Commentary by Max Allan Collins| Biographies and Filmographies| Photo Gallery| Previews of other VCI Cliffhangers. Specs: 1-DVD9 + 1-DVD5; Dolby Digital Mono; 252 minutes; B&W; 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio; MPAA - NR; Year - 1945; SRP - $19.99.

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In Tokyo, a chemist makes a serendipitous discovery - compound 722, when added to water, forms aviation fuel!
Magnifying Glass
He also had the advantage of having won a fat baby contest in 1914 in which the judge, former president William Howard Taft, pronounced little Lloyd as fat as HE was!
S. D. Lothrop
I recommend this version highly, kind of like a really bad, and cheesy Casablanca without the acting, and drama.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By S. D. Lothrop on January 9, 2006
Format: DVD
There's not much connection between the two versions of "Secret Agent X-9" except that they both were inspired by the same comic strip, which actually wasn't very popular. The DVD release by VMI has a commentary which tells you far more about that comic strip than you care to know. It also has an interesting interview with Beau Bridges about the lead, his father Lloyd Bridges (1913-1998).

This was only Bridges' second leading role, the first being the previous year in an unimportant movie, but he had had minor, mostly uncredited roles in at least 52 movies when he starred in this one, so he appears experienced and confident in his role. He also had the advantage of having won a fat baby contest in 1914 in which the judge, former president William Howard Taft, pronounced little Lloyd as fat as HE was! As a Columbia contract player Bridges appeared in B-Westerns and Three Stooges comedies. He is just about perfect here as Secret Agent X-9, probably the best performance I have ever seen in a serial.

But this group is almost an ensemble cast, as the supporting roles are quite important and extremely well done. Mr. Solo, who sits at the end of the bar playing tiddly winks through all 13 chapters, is one of the most memorable serial charcters ever. His appearance in the penultimate shot of the final chapter is an absolute gem! He's played by Samuel S. Hinds, who was Jimmy Stewart's dad in "It's A Wonderful Life" and the corrupt mayor in "Destry Rides Again."

Jan Wiley ("Dick Tracy vs. Crime, Inc."), as a non-accented Australian ostensibly working for the Japanese but actually sending secret messages to the Allies, is also extremely impressive.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Leganto on August 13, 2004
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This is the second version of Secret Agent X-9, released by Universal in 1945 and not directly connected to the same serial from 1937. Max Allan Collins gives an informed, interest-holding commentary that can be played along with the first chapter and parts of the second. Among the details he gives is how King Features developed this strip to compete with Chicago Tribune's Dick Tracy, which he himself ended up writing at one point.

As the serial progresses thru its 13 chapters, we know from the beginning who the primary bad guys are. But among the other characters, we gradually learn who is on whose side. It takes place on Shadow Island off the coast of China. The island is designated neutral territory during WWII. It's pretty big on the map they show: probably about the size of China's Hainan Island although not the same shape.

Ethnic casting is a little off. Keye Luke does play a Chinese good guy, but there are other Chinese actors playing Japanese, and the facial features don't match. And the nefarious Dragon-Lady type arch villain is called Nabura: supposedly Japanese but wearing Chinese garb and apparently of southern European extraction (Victoria Horne). But we can suspend this disbelief.

And here is a chance to see a young Lloyd Bridges and later to hear Collins interview Beau, one of his equally famous sons.

The quality of the print is usually good. Some of the night scenes are hard to make out, and I don't know if that depends on my monitor. Most chapters are about 20 minutes long. But one detail makes me uneasy: Chapter 9 runs under 16 minutes. Are there four missing minutes that they were unable to find and restore?

Serial lovers: Be sure to include this and its 1937 counterpart in your collection.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Lovins HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 2, 2005
Format: DVD
VCI Entertainment and Universal Pictures present Alex Raymond and Dashiell Hammett comic strip character from King Features Syndicate "Secret Agent X-9" (1945) (Dolby digitally remastered), 13 Chapters of vintage serial loaded with action sequences...the story line opens with Secret Agent X-9 on a destroyer and changing into a Nazi uniform impersonating a German Office, then giving his position over a wireless hoping a German submarine in nearby waters will over hear and blast her out of the water...does Phil Corrigan who is Agent X-9 join forces with Ah Fong and Jan Wiley trying to defeat Nabura who just so happens to be a most sinister Japanese agent around and one of the nastiest villains you'll ever run into...will Hakahima the Japanese scientist use his discovery of aviation fuel and element "722" to good use...Solo is about to do the double cross or is he, and if so will it foil X-9's plans....can "Shadow Island" remain neutral or will she fall into the hands of the evildoers...watch every scene for clues that will lead you right up to the tell tale final episode...the writers once again have been burning the midnight oil, cause it's down to the wire cliffhanger...Universal's high production team and great stunt work from the veterans serial department...there is a great deal of entertainment here for the cliffhanger fans out there.

Under director's Lewis D. Collins and Ray Taylor, producers Morgan B. Cox with original story by Joseph O'Donnell and Harold C. Wire, screenplay by Joseph O'Donnell and Patricia Harper...the cast include Lloyd Bridges (Phil Corrigan - Secret Agent X-9), Keye Luke (Ah Fong), Jan Wiley (Lynn Moore), Victoria Horne (Nabura), Samuel S. Hinds (Solo), Cy Kendall (Lucky Kamber), Jack Overman (Marker), Benson Fong (Dr.
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