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Secret Service of the Air (1939)

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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.

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(as Noel Smith)

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(original screen play), (based upon material compiled by: ex-chief of U.S. Secret Service)
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Saxby
Ila Rhodes ...
Pamela Schuyler
James Stephenson ...
Jim Cameron
Eddie Foy Jr. ...
Rosella Towne ...
Zelma Warren
Larry Williams ...
Dick Wayne
John Ridgely ...
Joe LeRoy
Anthony Averill ...
Hafer
Bernard Nedell ...
Earl 'Ace' Hemrich
Frank M. Thomas ...
Doc
Joe Cunningham ...
Agent Dawson
Morgan Conway ...
Edward V. Powell
John Harron ...
Agent Cliff Durell
Herbert Rawlinson ...
Adm. A.C. Schuyler
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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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4 March 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Luftens hemmelige Politi  »

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Trivia

The Corrigan mentioned by Gabby is a reference to Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan (January 22, 1907 - December 9, 1995), an American aviator born in Galveston, Texas. He earned the nickname "Wrong Way" in 1938 when after a transcontinental flight from Long Beach, California, to New York, he flew from Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, New York, to Ireland, though his flight plan was filed to return to Long Beach. He was thereafter known in American culture as "Wrong Way" Corrigan. See more »

Quotes

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.
Tom Saxby: What, Why?
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 »

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She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain When She Comes
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Sung a cappella by Ronald Reagan with modified lyrics
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Timely subject gets the B-film treatment in early Reagan film...
4 March 2009 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Warner Bros. used their B-films as a training ground for their new contract players and this time it's RONALD REAGAN's turn to take his place as leading man in an action-filled melodrama about the Secret Service and a plan to trap criminals who are responsible for bringing illegal aliens into the U.S. from Mexico via plane.

JOHN RIDGELY is an airline pilot at the controls when he has to dispose of the illegals when the feds are closing in on them. The shocking moment has him flipping a switch so the passenger compartment opens up, ridding him of all the illegals in flight.

But the rest of the story is routine stuff, with JAMES STEPHENSON as the man heading the ring who at first trusts that Reagan (who has joined the illegals under pretext of being a criminal) is okay to be one of his pilots. It's swiftly paced and the only drawback is the comedy relief supplied by EDDIE FOY, JR. in the kind of role Frank McHugh usually played in Warner flicks.

Reagan acquits himself well as the 20-year-old newcomer and has a couple of fight scenes that look as though the stunt men got quite a workout.

Summing up: Not bad for a B-film that played the lower half of double bills.


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