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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 ...
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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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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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Trivia

The footage of the opening street scene of the Mexican town was previously used as the opening scene of the border town in Bordertown (1935). A short section of the same scene was later used during the opening Mexicali sequence in The Hitch-Hiker (1953). See more »

Goofs

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: [to Brass through a jail cell window] I'll get you outta here so fast it'll make my head swim!
Lt. 'Brass' Bancroft: Whatta yuh waitin' for?
Gabby: Wait a minute, will yuh? You better give me my book?
[Referring o his English-Spanish dictionary]
Gabby: I just thought I was askin' a girl how to get to the jail, and she slapped my face!
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Followed by Smashing the Money Ring (1939) See more »

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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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Early Ronald Reagan as action hero...
24 August 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

CODE OF THE SECRET SERVICE has RONALD REAGAN as an agent on the trail of counterfeiters in Mexico, with ROSELLA TOWNES as his co-star. She's pretty and earnest, resembling Lana Turner in her starlet days. Reagan handles all the action in a believable enough way, so it's surprising that the film was received so indifferently by some reviewers.

Actually, it resembles a cliffhanger that could have been used as a serial for Saturday afternoon programming in the kind of serial chapters that were used in the '30s and '40s to keep the kids in their seats. Reagan keeps finding himself and Townes in precarious situations that they have to use a little ingenuity to get out of, always escaping in time to keep one step ahead of villainous MORONI OLSEN.

Not bad at all, as these crime capers go, with Reagan and Townes both giving earnest performances in what feels like a Republic serial but is actually a Warner Bros. B-film with a brief running time.

Interesting mainly for a glimpse of early Reagan as action hero in a programmer.


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