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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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AIRPLANE SPY RING EXPOSED BY SECRET SERVICE! NOw you can see the amazing inside story of how Uncle Sam's secret guardians smash vicious international air spies! (original poster) See more »


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Release Date:

4 March 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Contrabandistas del aire  »

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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 »


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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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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Near-Serial thrills
11 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

Fast, engaging Warner Brothers B movie, spearheaded by the dependable John Litel and the young(?!) Ronald Reagan as they engage in various undercover stuff. The movie is paced like a strung-together serial, and the entire production is full of gimmicky holes -- Reagan, despite being recognized as an ex-con, is hired as a pilot in about eighteen seconds -- but it hangs together through sheer speed.

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