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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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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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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 »

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The fight doubles for Reagan and his villain adversary are clearly doubles in the casino medium shots. 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 Murder in the Air (1940) See more »

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Yankee Doodle
(ca. 1755) (uncredited)
Traditional music of English origin
Whistled by Eddie Foy Jr.
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An ENORMOUS step backward for Ronald Reagan's career
29 August 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Early in Ronald Reagan's career, he made some surprisingly good films such as LOVE IS ON THE AIR, BROTHER RAT and SECRET SERVICE OF THE AIR. While they weren't exactly masterpieces, they were competently made and good B vehicles for the struggling young actor. However, among these films came the awful CODE OF THE SECRET SERVICE--ostensibly a follow-up to SECRET SERVICE OF THE AIR, though the films really aren't all that similar (besides, CODE OF THE SECRET SERVICE was written by chimps, the other one was not).

Reagan once again plays the character "Brass Bancroft", though oddly, he isn't a pilot in this film nor does it have much to do with the last one--especially in tempo. Instead of an action-adventure film, this film lacks depth and has so many logical errors that it looks like a bad movie serial (such as SPY SMASHER) and condenses it all into one very brief movie. Again and again, characters defy logic and the plot is amazingly banal because the emphasis is on fist fights and guns like a bad B-Western--making Reagan seem to have the charisma of a tomato. Some examples of how bad it was were the plane Reagan rode on at the beginning of the film changed from a Lockheed airliner to a Douglas DC-3 (taking off as one and landing as the other), a car that whipped around corners on a dirt rode that sounded exactly like one on asphalt and Reagan almost getting killed again and again by the Mexican police yet all he had to do was show him his i.d. and let them know he was a US Secret Service agent!! The bottom line is that this is a super-bad B-picture that is bad enough it should be considered a "C-picture"--it's THAT bad. Warner Brothers should have been ashamed of themselves.


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