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Code of the Secret Service (1939)

 -  Action | Drama | Crime  -  27 May 1939 (USA)
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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Rosella Towne ...
Elaine
Eddie Foy Jr. ...
Gabby
Moroni Olsen ...
The Friar
Edgar Edwards ...
Ross
Jack Mower ...
Decker
John Gallaudet ...
Dan Crockett
Joe King ...
Tom 'Jim' Saxby (as Joseph King)
Steve Darrell ...
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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Action | Drama | Crime

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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

During the opening scene when Eddie Foy Jr. asks Reagan if he can go with him on the assignment, his hands are down by his sides in the closeup. but in the supposedly matching medium shot they are on his hips. 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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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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