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Director:
Writers:
Raymond L. Schrock (original screen play)
W.H. Moran (based upon material compiled by: ex-chief of U.S. Secret Service)
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Release Date:
4 March 1939 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
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 »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
For a "B", it ain't bad See more (9 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ronald Reagan ... Lt. 'Brass' Bancroft

John Litel ... Saxby
Ila Rhodes ... Pamela Schuyler
James Stephenson ... Jim Cameron
Eddie Foy Jr. ... Gabby Watters
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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Raymond Bailey ... Klune - Henchman Starting Fight (uncredited)
Emilio Blanco ... Mexican (uncredited)
Richard Bond ... Buzzy - San Francisco Radio Operator (uncredited)
Sidney Bracey ... John 'Joe' Vicary (uncredited)
Nat Carr ... Drunk at Bar (uncredited)
Glen Cavender ... Waiter (uncredited)
Eddy Chandler ... Capt. King - Highway Patrol (uncredited)
Lane Chandler ... U.S. Border Patrol Officer (uncredited)
Davison Clark ... Deputy Warden (uncredited)
Hal Craig ... Ground Superintendent (uncredited)
Edgar Edwards ... Convict Crowley (uncredited)
Jack A. Goodrich ... Patrol Co-Pilot (uncredited)
Sol Gorss ... Patrol Pilot (uncredited)
Duke Green ... Second Tough in Fight (uncredited)
John Hamilton ... Warden Jackson (uncredited)
Harry Hollingsworth ... Guard (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes ... Agent Gowing (uncredited)
Al Lloyd ... Convict Bartell (uncredited)
Frank Mayo ... Treasury Agent Manning (uncredited)

Carlyle Moore Jr. ... Glendale Radio Operator (uncredited)
Alberto Morin ... Pedro - Mexican Bartender (uncredited)
Jack Mower ... Treasury Agent Aldrich (uncredited)
Pat O'Malley ... Guard Cooper (uncredited)
Henry Otho ... The Turnkey (uncredited)
Paul Panzer ... Ivan - an Alien (uncredited)
John J. Richardson ... Alien - First Flight (uncredited)
Dave Roberts ... Highway Police Announcer (voice) (uncredited)
Cliff Saum ... Alien - First Flight (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Road Gang Guard (uncredited)
John Sinclair ... First Tough in Fight (uncredited)
George Sorel ... Capt. Cortez - Mexican Police (uncredited)
Don Turner ... Agent Harper (uncredited)
Pierre Watkin ... Chief Morrow (uncredited)
Jack Wise ... Ivan's Alien Pal (uncredited)

Directed by
Noel M. Smith  (as Noel Smith)
 
Writing credits
Raymond L. Schrock (original screen play) (as Raymond Schrock)

W.H. Moran (based upon material compiled by: ex-chief of 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)
Arthur Edeson (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Doug Gould (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Ted Smith 
 
Costume Design by
Howard Shoup (gowns)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Elmer Decker .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Dolph Thomas .... sound
 
Stunts
Sol Gorss .... stunts (uncredited)
Duke Green .... stunts (uncredited)
John Sinclair .... stunts (uncredited)
Don Turner .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director (uncredited)
Bernhard Kaun .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Frank Beckwith .... dialogue director
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
61 min
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Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Finland:(Banned) (1939) | Norway:A | USA:Approved (PCA #4706) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
"Valley Airport" is actually Grand Central Air Terminal in Glendale, California.See more »
Quotes:
Gabby Watters:[to detective] No so fast! Not so fast! Why, one word from me to the chief and that badge'll be as useless to you as a compass was to Corrigan.
[to detective]
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Soundtrack:
She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain When She ComesSee more »

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3 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
For a "B", it ain't bad, 11 July 2007
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

The film begins with some criminals transporting illegal aliens into the US from Mexico. However, this is NOT the typical group of illegals--many are criminals and those running the business are evil scum. This becomes apparent when the plane is almost captured by a Secret Service agent. How he and the rest of the passengers were done away with in an early scene was truly horrifying and shocked me.

Later, airline pilot Ronald Reagan is approached by the Secret Service and asked to join. The problem is, they need to ruin his clean reputation so that the mob will believe he is their kind of person, so government frames Reagan and sends him for a short stint in prison--after which time he makes contact with the crooks and infiltrates the gang.

This was an obvious B-movie from Warner Brothers due to the style of film (emphasizing action and a very fast pace), the fact that the movie is filled with unknown actors (even star Ronald Reagan was a definite newcomer to the screen) and its short length (at just over one hour). Often, over the years' "B" has come to mean bad or second-rate, though this movie is pretty good considering that it was meant to be a lesser film in a double-feature. Sure, you can't compare it to the very best films of the time, but this breezy little film is a good showcase for Reagan and helps to hide his relatively wooden screen persona. I liked Reagan but gotta admit he wasn't the most charismatic actor of his age. About the only other negatives are common in B's and these are plot holes--little inconsistencies or logical errors that were never effectively dealt with, such as how easy it was for Reagan's cover to get blown--but what do you expect for 63 minutes?!

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