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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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Timely subject gets the B-film treatment in early Reagan film... 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)
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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 »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Finland:(Banned) (1939) | Norway:A | USA:Approved (PCA #4706) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Stock footage of Pan American M-130 Clipper.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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Soundtrack:
Shuffle Off to BuffaloSee more »

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Timely subject gets the B-film treatment in early Reagan film..., 4 March 2009
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

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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