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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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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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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: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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Soundtrack:
You Can't Stop Me from DreamingSee more »

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2 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
An ENORMOUS step backward for Ronald Reagan's career, 29 August 2007
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

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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