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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's through a Mexicoan 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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Rosella Towne ...
Eddie Foy Jr. ...
Moroni Olsen ...
The Friar
Edgar Edwards ...
Ross
Jack Mower ...
Decker
John Gallaudet ...
Dan Crockett
Joe King ...
Tom 'Jim' Saxby (as Joseph King)
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Butch (as Stevan Darrell)
Sol Gorss ...
Dutch
George Regas ...
Mexican Police Officer
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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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California Governor Ronald Reagan appeared on The Dick Cavett Show (1968) on December 17, 1971. Host Dick Cavett asked Governor Reagan "what would you say was your worst movie?" Their exchange is transcribed below: Reagan: That's very easy to answer. I could answer... Cavett: ...People are always asked their favorite. Reagan: And I heard you speculating a little while ago out here while I was off-stage, speculating about what it's like to watch your movies as the hours go on late into the night. Cavett: Yes. Reagan: But, uh, the worst movie I have never seen to this day. I made a picture...see when you started in this business back in the golden era they had a thing call the B unit at each studio. And I became the hero of the B's for a while at Warner Brothers, it was the "gipper" part that broke me out of that, and into (a) different kind of picture. But, uh, I made some that they didn't ...I was l like an Errol Flynn in a low budget sort of way. This picture was called "Code of the Secret Service." Cavett: That sounds terrific. Reagan: Some people, some friends of mine, have tried to trick me into a projection room a couple of times to see it. But, uh... Cavett: Well we have a little surprise for you... Reagan: Don't you dare! Cavett: We don't, but it would have been a nice trick, wouldn't it? Reagan: Part of the blame was on us. The director and myself, we got mad at the producer. And usually in those things they expected you to patch things up on the set. You'd look at the script and you'd say you can't do that and so you kind of cook it up and it would come out a little better than it had been written. And this one we got mad at the producer, and the director and I made up our minds we would shoot it exactly as it was written. Cavett: And that was the worst thing you could do. Reagan: Oh, I want to tell you, it reached a real low spot when the villain shoots me then walks away and leaves me for dead and I take a book which is a Spanish-American dictionary, I just happened do be in Mexico at the time, out of my pocket and I (mimes kissing book) say to the book if you ever need an endorsement call on me, then I put it in my hip pocket I suppose in case he shoots me when I'm... (laughter) Cavett: Book saved your life. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Gabby: What assignmennt did you get?
Lt. 'Brass' Bancroft: The Treasury stick-up.
Gabby: Right down my alley. When do we leave?
Lt. 'Brass' Bancroft: Well, you'll have to include yourself out this trip, Gabby. Well, you couldn't go anyway. Aren't you guarding the President?
Gabby: Nah. he went fishin' again. Besides you need a man like me to look after yuh.
Lt. 'Brass' Bancroft: Who's gonna look after you?
Gabby: [Initially laughs but quickly realizes this is no compliment and he frowns] Whatta yuh mean?
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Followed by Murder in the Air (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweet Georgia Brown
(1925) (uncredited)
Music by Maceo Pinkard and Ben Bernie
Played when the Silver Slipper sign is first shown
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Reagan
27 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Code of the Secret Service (1939)

** (out of 4)

Follow up to SECRET SERVICE OF THE AIR has Lt. Brass Bancroft (Ronald Reagan) trying to track down some counterfeiters. He tracks them to Mexico where they plant a murder wrap on him so Brass must escape the Mexican police while trying to do his job as well. I enjoyed the first film in the series but this one here was pretty bland from start to finish and the 58-minute running time seemed like triple that. According to the Robert Osborne introduction on TCM, Reagan was so worried this film would end his career that he begged Warner not to release it. In a compromise they agreed to release it everywhere except for Los Angeles since Reagan lived there. I don't think the film was that bad but it's still not that good. The biggest problem is that there's just no energy to the film. The first film plays out like a fun serial and this one goes for that effect but it fails because of the rather weak direction. Many films around this era dealt with money laundering and most of them handled it better than this. Eddie Foy, Jr. is certainly the best thing about the movie as he brings a few laughs. Reagan sleepwalks through the role and doesn't bring much to the film. Two more sequels would follow though.


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