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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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(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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Trivia

Ronald Reagan, as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserves and a superb horseman, insisted on doing his own riding and stunts. 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: 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 Smashing the Money Ring (1939) 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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The Secret Service Gets The Ring
26 August 2007 | by See all my reviews

Code of the Secret Service is the second of several B films that has young B film star Ronald Reagan starring as T-Man Brass Bancroft on assignment to help break up a counterfeiting ring south of the border.

It's a good thing that Reagan went on to better parts in his film career because stuff like this could have sunk him. For reasons that the plot does not explain Reagan and sidekick Eddie Foy, Jr. are instructed not to notify the Mexican officials. That single fact is responsible for nearly all of Reagan's problems as he's accused of the murder of John Gallaudet, the original agent on the case. Reagan spends the entire film avoiding the police as well as trying to track down the ring.

Rising somewhat above this drivel is Moroni Olsen playing a padre who's definitely not what he seems. He overacts outrageously because he knows that this isn't Citizen Kane he's doing.

I'm not sure devoted fans of the Gipper could sit through this.


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