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Secret Service(1931)

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RKO borrowed Shirley Grey from Samuel Goldwyn's company for this production. Variety identifies the black actress playing "Martha" as Gertrude Howard, while other sources, including the copyright descriptions, identify her as Emma Reed. Based on contemporary photographs, it is possible that Howard played the role. No confirming photographs or other biographical information for Reed were located. According to Film Daily, Johnny Risso, a one-armed tennis player, was added to the cast, but his participation in the final film has not been confirmed. William Gillette's play was first filmed by Famous Players Lasky Corp. in 1919. Hugh Ford directed Robert Warwick and Wanda Hawley in that silent version (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20; F1.3918).