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Secret Service of the Air (1939)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 4 March 1939 (USA)
Brass Bancroft and his sidekick Gabby Watters are recruited onto the secret service and go undercover to crack a ruthless gang that smuggles illegal aliens.


(as Noel Smith)


(original screen play) (as Raymond Schrock), (based upon material compiled by: ex-chief of U.S. Secret Service)
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Illegal aliens are being flown in from Mexico by small plane. When a Secret Service agent finds out, he is killed and the smuggling is shut down for awhile. Brass, an ex-Navy flyer who is now flying the Pacific Clipper route, is chosen by the Service to find out who is behind this smuggling ring. Since they know that an ex-smuggler named Ace was part of the gang, Brass is put into the general prison population to try to get information from him. It is from Ace that he learns where the smugglers are located, but it is up to Brass to infiltrate the ring and bring the head man across the border to be arrested. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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CONFDENTIAL REPORT FROM SECRET AGENT J-2...Haved won confidence of gang.Tonight am flying smugglers' transport plane across border. Come well armed as they are desperate. (original poster) See more »


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Release Date:

4 March 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Contrabandistas del aire  »

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Gabby Watters: [Last lines] I'll bet they're going to be married.
Tom Saxby: I'm afraid you're right.
Gabby Watters: Well, that finishes him as a secret service man.
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Gabby Watters: Well, he won't be unable to keep a secret now.
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Followed by Code of the Secret Service (1939) See more »


Shuffle Off to Buffalo
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Sung a cappella twice by Eddie Foy Jr. with modified lyrics
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27 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Secret Service of the Air (1939)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Warner "B" flick about a pilot (Ronald Reagan) who joins the Secret Service so that he can take down some smugglers. I wasn't expecting too much out of this film but like Warner's gangster pictures, this film contains just about everything you could possibly fit into a 61-minute movie. You get a prison break, car chases, shootouts, bar fights, a silly love story, brawls, various plane chases and much more. I wouldn't exactly say Reagan gives a good performance but he is fun to watch. The film eventually runs out of steam and never gets too deep but overall this is a pretty entertaining movie.

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