Secret Agent X-9 (1945 serial)

Secret Agent X-9 is a 1945 Universal movie serial based on the comic strip Secret Agent X-9. It was the second serial with this name, the first was released by Universal in 1937.

Secret Agent X-9
Theatrical release poster
Directed byLewis D. Collins
Ray Taylor
Produced byMorgan Cox
Written byJoseph O'Donnell
Harold Channing Wire
Patricia Harper
Dashiell Hammett (comic strip)
StarringLloyd Bridges
Keye Luke
Jan Wiley
Victoria Horne
Samuel S. Hinds
Cy Kendall
Music byMilton Rosen
Paul Sawtell
CinematographyMaury Gertsman
Ernest Miller
Edited byNorman A. Cerf (supervisor)
Irving Birnbaum
Jack Dolan
Alvin Todd
Edgar Zane
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • July 24, 1945 (1945-07-24)
Running time
13 chapters (246 minutes)
CountryUnited States


On a neutral island in the Pacific called Shadow Island (above the island of Formosa), run by American gangster Lucky Kamber, both sides in World War II attempt to control the secret of element 722, which can be used to create synthetic aviation fuel.



Secret Agent X-9 was based on the comic strip Secret Agent X-9 by Dashiell Hammett, Leslie Charteris and others. It was Universal's last comic strip adaptation (from 1936 to 1945, Universal almost made more serial adaptations of comic strips than both of their rivals, Columbia and Republic, combined).[1] The serial reuses footage and Frank Skinner's score from Universal's Gung Ho!.


  • Eddie Parker doubling Lloyd Bridges
  • John Daheim doubling Benson Fong

Chapter titles

  1. Torpedo Rendezvous
  2. Ringed by Fire (or "The Flaming Lake" per the on screen teaser card)
  3. Death Curve
  4. Floodlight Murder
  5. Doom Downgrade
  6. Strafed by a Zero
  7. High Pressure Deadline
  8. The Dropping Floor
  9. The Danger Point
  10. Japanese Burial
  11. Fireworks for Deadmen
  12. Big Gun Fusillade
  13. Zero Minute



  1. Cline, William C. (1984). "2. In Search of Ammunition". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. pp. 18. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X.
  2. Cline, William C. (1984). "Filmography". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. pp. 241. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X.
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