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Writers:
Lee Katz (original screen play) and
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Release Date:
27 May 1939 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Ronald Reagan ... Lt. 'Brass' Bancroft
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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dick Botiller ... Police Chief (uncredited)
Glen Cavender ... Policeman (uncredited)
Demetris Emanuel ... Border Police Officer (uncredited)
Antonio Filauri ... Second Detective on Train (uncredited)
Martin Garralaga ... Mexican Soldier Playing Strip Poker (uncredited)
June Gittelson ... Fat Girl on Train (uncredited)
Jerry Gomez ... Sombrero Merchant (uncredited)
John Harron ... Gambler Paid in Silver (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes ... Croupier (uncredited)
Al Lloyd ... Gambler Playing Roulette (uncredited)
Chris-Pin Martin ... Mexican Pottery Proprietor (uncredited)
Frank Mayo ... Casino Manager (uncredited)
Ted Offenbecker ... Messenger (uncredited)
George Offerman Jr. ... Messenger (uncredited)
Paul Panzer ... Mexican Soldier Arresting Gabby (uncredited)
Frank Puglia ... Train Conductor (uncredited)
Theodore Rand ... Soldier (uncredited)
Pedro Regas ... Diego (uncredited)
Sam Rice ... Extra in Casino (uncredited)
Julian Rivero ... Juan the Jailkeeper (uncredited)
Cliff Saum ... Policeman (uncredited)
Rafael Storm ... First Detective on Train (uncredited)
José Luis Tortosa ... Border Police Officer (uncredited)
Leo White ... Extra Watching Casino Fight (uncredited)
Jack Wise ... Croupier (uncredited)
Maris Wrixon ... Saxby's Secretary (uncredited)
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Directed by
Noel M. Smith  (as Noel Smith)
 
Writing credits
Lee Katz (original screen play) and
Dean Riesner (original screen play) (as Dean Franklin)

W.H. Moran (based upon material compiled by: ex-chief of the U.S. Secret Service)

Produced by
Bryan Foy .... associate producer (uncredited)
Hal B. Wallis .... executive producer (uncredited)
Jack L. Warner .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Bernhard Kaun (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Ted D. McCord (photography) (as Ted McCord)
 
Film Editing by
Frederick Richards (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Charles Novi 
 
Costume Design by
Milo Anderson (gowns)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marshall Hageman .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Dolph Thomas .... sound
 
Music Department
Bernhard Kaun .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
John Langan .... dialogue director
Lex Neal .... comedy construction
 
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Runtime:
58 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:G | USA:Approved (PCA #4982) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Forty-two years later, this movie saved President Reagan's life. Jerry Parr, Ronald Reagan's top Secret Service agent, credits Ronald Reagan's portrayal of Brass Bancroft in this movie (which he saw when he was 12 years old) with his decision to become a Secret Service Agent. When would-be assassin John Hinkley, Jr., opened fire on President Reagan, Agent Parr immediately pushed President Reagan headfirst into his limousine. Moments later, Agent Parr made the split-second decision to redirect the limousine, which was heading to the White House, to George Washington Hospital even though it wasn't at all clear that Reagan had been shot. Agent Parr's decision to redirect the limousine to the hospital is credited with saving the life of President Reagan. According to the doctors who treated the President after the assassination attempt, President Reagan, who had been shot with a .22 caliber bullet and was bleeding profusely internally, would have died had he not been brought to the hospital immediately. Agent Parr later told President Reagan that seeing his portrayal of Brass Bancroft in "Code of the Secret Service" had caused him to become a Secret Service agent. President Reagan told him "Code of the Secret Service" was the cheapest movie he ever made, and Agent Parr agrees that it is a terrible movie.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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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Soundtrack:
You Can't Stop Me from DreamingSee more »

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Apparently producer's re-edit saved it, 3 June 2009

In his first autobiography, "Where's the Rest of Me," Ronald Reagan told of one movie, which he carefully avoided naming, that he feared would destroy his career -- and that of everyone else connected.

He begged Warner Brothers not to release it, but the studio promised only not to allow distribution around Los Angeles.

Surprisingly, even that promise was broken. (Who'd a-thunk a studio would break a promise?) Reagan told of walking by a theater where it was playing and having the ticket seller say, "You should be ashamed."

It was this movie.

Actually, it's not only not that bad, it's pretty darn good.

"Code of the Secret Service" moves! As someone said of another entry in the series, it almost looks like a serial re-edited into a feature.

There is one scene, though, Reagan mentioned in "Rest" at which I laughed out loud because I remembered his describing it all those years ago. I will say only that, when you watch "Code," pay close attention to the Spanish-English dictionary Brass gets from Gabby.

The director and script supervisor, though, did a smooth job on another scene, where Gabby wins a bet from one of the Mexican soldiers.

Another point to watch for: According to the opening titles, the first two "Brass Bancroft" films were based on writings by W.H. Moran, a former chief of the Secret Service.

Also be on the lookout for some outstanding character actors, including the wonderful Chris-Pin Martin and Martin Garralaga.

And Moroni Olsen gets one of his biggest parts. He was a fine actor in more than a hundred roles, and was working right up to his final year.

Finally, there is some really nice Mexican-sounding music that accentuates the locale of the action.

It's a good movie.

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