Synopsis by Hal Erickson
The agent of the title is George Brent, a journalist sent by the Government to get the goods on a crime syndicate. Brent befriends Bette Davis, bookkeeper for suspected crime boss Ricardo Cortez. Bette's cooperation nearly costs her life, but both she and Brent manage a tricky escape during a final shoot-out. The IRS busts Cortez' gang on income tax evasion: Can you say "Al Capone"? Special Agent was remade in 1940 as Gambling on the High Seas, with Wayne Morris and Jane Wyman in the leading roles.
accounting, agent [representative], anchorperson, arrest, book, city, convict, conviction, crime-lord, criminal, demands, employee, employment, escape, evidence, gangster, government, grand-jury, help, investigation, IRS (Internal Revenue Service), journalism, jury, kidnapping, killing, love, newspaper, plans, police, protection, rackets [corruption], reporter, rescue, romance, shoot-out, suspect, syndicate, taxes, tax-evasion, testimony, undercover