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Code of the Secret Service (1939)

Approved | | Action, Crime, Drama | 27 May 1939 (USA)
Brass is assigned to uncovering a counterfeiting ring that has stolen bona fide treasury plates and is converting $1 bills to $100 bills through a Mexican casino.

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(as Noel Smith)

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(original screen play), (original screen play) (as Dean Franklin) | 1 more credit »
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Storyline

Dan Crackett, Secret Service Agent, is looking for a counterfeit money ring. He has tracked the stolen plates to somewhere in Mexico. In Washington, Saxby sends Brass Bancroft to El Paso to team up with Dan. They make plans to meet in a gambling saloon in Mexico called the 'Silver Slipper'. It is there that the gang kills Dan and pins the murder on Brass. Brass, with the help of Gabby and Elaine, must stay out of jail so that he can find where the press is working and who is behind the counterfeit bills. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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27 May 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Código do Serviço Secreto  »

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1.37 : 1
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Forty-two years later, this movie saved President Reagan's life. Jerry Parr, Ronald Reagan's top Secret Service agent, credits Ronald Reagan's portrayal of Brass Bancroft in this movie (which he saw when he was 12 years old) with his decision to become a Secret Service Agent. When would-be assassin John Hinkley, Jr., opened fire on President Reagan, Agent Parr immediately pushed President Reagan headfirst into his limousine. Moments later, Agent Parr made the split-second decision to redirect the limousine, which was heading to the White House, to George Washington Hospital even though it wasn't at all clear that Reagan had been shot. Agent Parr's decision to redirect the limousine to the hospital is credited with saving the life of President Reagan. According to the doctors who treated the President after the assassination attempt, President Reagan, who had been shot with a .22 caliber bullet and was bleeding profusely internally, would have died had he not been brought to the hospital immediately. Agent Parr later told President Reagan that seeing his portrayal of Brass Bancroft in "Code of the Secret Service" had caused him to become a Secret Service agent. President Reagan told him "Code of the Secret Service" was the cheapest movie he ever made, and Agent Parr agrees that it is a terrible movie. See more »

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The fight doubles for Reagan and his villain adversary are clearly doubles in the casino medium shots. See more »

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The Friar: You see, Mr. Bancroft, the secrets of true success is to overlook nothing.
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You Can't Stop Me from Dreaming
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Cliff Friend
Played when the International Bar sign is first shown
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The Secret Service Gets The Ring
26 August 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Code of the Secret Service is the second of several B films that has young B film star Ronald Reagan starring as T-Man Brass Bancroft on assignment to help break up a counterfeiting ring south of the border.

It's a good thing that Reagan went on to better parts in his film career because stuff like this could have sunk him. For reasons that the plot does not explain Reagan and sidekick Eddie Foy, Jr. are instructed not to notify the Mexican officials. That single fact is responsible for nearly all of Reagan's problems as he's accused of the murder of John Gallaudet, the original agent on the case. Reagan spends the entire film avoiding the police as well as trying to track down the ring.

Rising somewhat above this drivel is Moroni Olsen playing a padre who's definitely not what he seems. He overacts outrageously because he knows that this isn't Citizen Kane he's doing.

I'm not sure devoted fans of the Gipper could sit through this.


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