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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 »
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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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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:
Guy Usher is in studio records for the role of "Morrow", but that role was played by Pierre Watkin.See more »
Quotes:
Tom Saxby:From what I know of Bnncroft, he's the man for the job.See more »
Soundtrack:
Shuffle Off to BuffaloSee more »

FAQ

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T-Man killed in the air, the Secret Service gets their culprits, 18 October 2012
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

According to Secret Service Of The Air Ronald Reagan as Brass Bancroft was brought into the service because of his skills as a pilot flying the Trans-Pacific run. Later on in the four film series his pilot skills were not necessarily needed, but this was a B picture series and back then who cared.

An Treasury man on a counterfeiting case got wind of an illegal immigrant smuggling racket and pays with his life in a particularly nasty way being thrown out of an airplane along with the other illegals on that flight. After that the Treasury Department takes the lead on the case and you can see why Reagan is recruited into the Secret Service.

This film introduced Reagan in the role of Brass Bancroft and by the time he had finished his fourth film he was doing other and better things with films like Dark Victory and Santa Fe Trail under his belt and Knute Rockne and Kings Row to come. John Litel as his supervisor and Eddie Foy, Jr. as his sidekick were also introduced.

James Stephenson is the villain here, a really smooth and deadly piece of work. He did a really good job here, almost like he'd come down from another classier film to appear here.

Reagan is breezy, credible, and likable as a fast talking, fast thinking undercover hero. Some of the other Brass Bancroft films were infinitely worse, this one is all right.

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