WriterLaird Doyle, Abem Finkel Release dateSeptember 14, 1935 (1935-09-14) DirectorsWilliam Keighley, William C. Thomas ProductionWarner Bros. Entertainment CastBette Davis (Julie Gardner), George Brent (Bill Bradford), Ricardo Cortez (Alexander Carston), Jack La Rue (Jake Andrews), Henry O'Neill (District Attorney Roger Quinn), Robert Strange (Waxey Armitage) Similar moviesUnholy Partners, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, All the President's Men, Ace in the Hole, Angels with Dirty Faces
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Special Agent is a 1935 American drama film directed by William Keighley and starring Bette Davis. The screenplay by Laird Doyle and Abem Finkel is based on a story by Martin Mooney.
Newspaper reporter Bill Bradford is deputized as a treasury agent by the Internal Revenue Bureau and assigned to find enough evidence to charge gangster Alexander Carston with tax evasion.
He learns that Carston's ledgers are kept in a code known only to his secretary, Julie Gardner. When she witnesses the murder of a man who double-crossed her boss, Bill begs her to quit her job, but Julie realizes she knows too much for Carston to let her go.
District Attorney Roger Quinn pressures the murdered man's partner into testifying, but Carston learns of the plan and the witness is murdered and Carston is acquitted. Julie is arrested as a material witness and decodes the books, but is kidnapped by Carston's henchmen before she can testify. Bill tricks Carston into taking him where Julie is being held, and the police trail them. A shootout follows and Julie is rescued. Her testimony sends Carston to Alcatraz, and she accepts Bill's marriage proposal.
Bette Davis as Julie Gardner
George Brent as Bill Bradford
Ricardo Cortez as Alexander Carston
Jack La Rue as Jake Andrews (as Jack LaRue)
Henry O'Neill as District Attorney Roger Quinn
Robert Strange as Waxey Armitage
Joseph Crehan as Commissioner of Police
J. Carrol Naish as Joe Durell (as J. Carroll Naish)
Joe Sawyer as Rich (as Joseph Sauers)
William B. Davidson as Charlie Young (as William Davidson)
Robert Barrat as Chief of Internal Revenue Service
Paul Guilfoyle as Williams
Joe King as Agent Wilson (as Joseph King)
Irving Pichel as U.S. District Attorney
The New York Times called the film a "crisp, fast moving and thoroughly entertaining melodrama" and "a wild and woolly gangland saga", adding, "It all has been done before, but somehow it never seems to lose its visual excitement."
Special Agent was presented on Warner Brothers Academy Theater April 24, 1938. Carole Landis and John Ridgely starred in the 30-minute adaptation.