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Director:
Writers:
Lee Katz (original screen play) and
Dean Riesner (original screen play) ...
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Release Date:
27 May 1939 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)

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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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Australia:G | USA:Approved (PCA #4982) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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In interviews during his presidency, Ronald Reagan called this movie, "the worst picture I ever made" and also said, "never has an egg of such dimensions been laid". He recalled that a movie usher who had seen the film once told him, "You should be ashamed." However, the film did have one positive effect for Reagan. After seeing the movie, a young man named Jerry Parr was inspired to enter the Secret Service. On March 30, 1981, Parr was the agent who quickly pushed Ronald Reagan into his limousine when John W. Hinckley Jr. fired six shots at the President outside the Washington D.C. Hilton. Parr's quick reaction, and his decision to take the wounded Reagan immediately to George Washington University Hospital, were credited with saving the President's life.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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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Soundtrack:
You Can't Stop Me from DreamingSee more »

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Reagan, 27 February 2008
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Code of the Secret Service (1939)

** (out of 4)

Follow up to SECRET SERVICE OF THE AIR has Lt. Brass Bancroft (Ronald Reagan) trying to track down some counterfeiters. He tracks them to Mexico where they plant a murder wrap on him so Brass must escape the Mexican police while trying to do his job as well. I enjoyed the first film in the series but this one here was pretty bland from start to finish and the 58-minute running time seemed like triple that. According to the Robert Osborne introduction on TCM, Reagan was so worried this film would end his career that he begged Warner not to release it. In a compromise they agreed to release it everywhere except for Los Angeles since Reagan lived there. I don't think the film was that bad but it's still not that good. The biggest problem is that there's just no energy to the film. The first film plays out like a fun serial and this one goes for that effect but it fails because of the rather weak direction. Many films around this era dealt with money laundering and most of them handled it better than this. Eddie Foy, Jr. is certainly the best thing about the movie as he brings a few laughs. Reagan sleepwalks through the role and doesn't bring much to the film. Two more sequels would follow though.

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