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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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(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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In interviews during his presidency, Ronald Reagan called this movie, "the worst picture I ever made" and also said, "never has an egg of such dimensions been laid". He recalled that a movie usher who had seen the film once told him, "You should be ashamed." However, the film did have one positive effect for Reagan. After seeing the movie, a young man named Jerry Parr was inspired to enter the Secret Service. On March 30, 1981, Parr was the agent who quickly pushed Ronald Reagan into his limousine when John W. Hinckley Jr. fired six shots at the President outside the Washington D.C. Hilton. Parr's quick reaction, and his decision to take the wounded Reagan immediately to George Washington University Hospital, were credited with saving the President's life. See more »

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When Reagan's Brass Bancroft is hiding underwater from the Mexican police using a hollow reed to breath, the underwater shots of him show the depth of the water to reach almost as high as the pursuing policeman's chest, but the above-the-water shots show the cop in water that is just only slightly above his knees, clearly to shallow for Bancroft to be hiding. 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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Yankee Doodle
(ca. 1755) (uncredited)
Traditional music of English origin
Whistled by Eddie Foy Jr.
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Not as bad as it seems
25 February 2004 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

This is the second film Ronald Reagan made as Brass Bancroft, Secret Service agent, and according to Reagan the only film he made that he hated and refused to watch.

Reagan as a Secret Service agent is sent to Mexico to recover stolen Mint plates, along the way he becomes handcuffed to Rosella Towne, both of whom are going to be blown up when they escape at the last minute.

At under an hour this film is a strict programmer designed for the kiddies on a Saturday morning matinee.

It has an unbelievable plot, but it is not as bad as the film has been made out to be over the years. The producer, Bryan Foy, along with Reagan tried to stop Warner Brothers from releasing the film, and were successful in having the film released everywhere except Los Angeles.

Apparently when Reagan went to an out of town theater to see the film the ticket-taker said to Reagan "You should be ashamed," and Reagan promptly left the theater.


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