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Release Date:
21 October 1939 (USA) See more »
UNCLE SAM'S DARING T-MEN WILL PAY ANY PRICE - EVEN THEIR LIVES to get these bills...and the ruthless super-gang that makes them! See more »
T-Man Brass Bancroft goes undercover in a prison which has a secret counterfeit operation set up in the print shop. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Counterfeiting In Stir See more (5 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ronald Reagan ... Lt. Brass Bancroft
Margot Stevenson ... Peggy
Eddie Foy Jr. ... Gabby
Joe Downing ... Dice Mathews
Charles D. Brown ... Parker
Joe King ... Saxby
William B. Davidson ... Warden Denby (as William Davidson)
Charles C. Wilson ... Capt. Kilrane (as Charles Wilson)
Elliott Sullivan ... Danny Galloway
John Hamilton ... Night Captain
Sidney Bracey ... Pop Dryden (as Sidney Bracy)
Jack Wise ... Prison Runner
Jack Mower ... First Night Guard
Don Turner ... Joe
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nat Carr ... Prison Doctor (uncredited)
Glen Cavender ... Day Gate Guard (uncredited)
George Chesebro ... Convict Printer (uncredited)
Donald Douglas ... Gordon (uncredited)
Ralph Dunn ... Dave - Convict Custodian on Train (uncredited)
Milton Frome ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Sol Gorss ... Dice's Henchman (uncredited)
Fred Graham ... Convict Pushed into Brawl (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Sentry Guard (uncredited)
John Harron ... Reporter at Trial (uncredited)
Edward Hearn ... Guard Muldoon (uncredited)
Oscar 'Dutch' Hendrian ... Fats - Dice's Henchman (uncredited)
Al Herman ... Convict 15222 in Print Shop (uncredited)
Max Hoffman Jr. ... Guard George Shelden (uncredited)

William Hopper ... Trial Spectator (uncredited)
Al Lloyd ... Trial Spectator (uncredited)
Frank Mayo ... Bill - Moving Van Driver (uncredited)
Louis Natheaux ... Dice Table Croupier (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Superior Court Guard (uncredited)
Pat O'Malley ... Second Convict Custodian on Train (uncredited)
Paul Panzer ... Extra as Convict in Yard (uncredited)
Bob Perry ... Guard Shooting Machine Gun (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Night Gate Guard (uncredited)

George Reeves ... Trial Spectator (uncredited)
Dick Rich ... Guard Davis (uncredited)
John J. Richardson ... Trial Spectator (uncredited)
John Ridgely ... Policeman (uncredited)
Ralph Sanford ... Second Night Guard (uncredited)
Cliff Saum ... Trial Spectator (uncredited)
Charles Trowbridge ... Judge B.A. Royer (uncredited)
Monte Vandergrift ... Guard Searching in Patrol Car (uncredited)
Sailor Vincent ... Convict Fighting with 'Brass' (uncredited)
Leo White ... Convict in Cell 363 (uncredited)
Tom Wilson ... Convict 18701 in Print Shop (uncredited)

Directed by
Terry O. Morse  (as Terry Morse)
Writing credits
Anthony Coldeway (original screenplay) (as Anthony Coldewey) and
Raymond L. Schrock (original screenplay) (as Raymond Schrock)

Jonathan Finn (idea)

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
James Van Trees (director of photography)
L. William O'Connell (director of photography) (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Frank Magee 
Art Direction by
Charles Novi 
Costume Design by
Milo Anderson (gowns)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arthur Lueker .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Dolph Thomas .... sound
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Bernhard Kaun .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Charles Perry .... technical advisor
Arthur Ripley .... dialogue director
Crew believed to be complete

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57 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #5574)

Did You Know?

Jim Pierce is in studio records/casting call lists in the role of Counterman, but he did not appear in the movie.See more »
Continuity: When Reagan and Joe Downing are on the prison wall, their medium shot is undercut with a long shot, obviously archival footage from an earlier film. The mismatch has Reagan's Bancroft go from wearing a hat with no gun to no hat and holding a pistol while Downing's character Dice goes from no hat and a pistol to a hat and a rifle.See more »
Warden Denby:That's enough, Captain.
Night Captain:But, Warden, you can't handle killers with kid gloves. They are killers!
Warden Denby:Granted but you first gotta prove it.
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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Counterfeiting In Stir, 20 January 2008
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Ronald Reagan's third film as Secret Service Agent Brass Bancroft finds him going undercover into prison to ferret out a gang of counterfeiters. The original assignment just had him trying to get close to the distributor of the bogus dough to find out where the plates are. Little does he dream that the stuff is being printed in the prison print shop along with the prison newspaper.

This is kind of like White Heat where Edmond O'Brien goes to prison to get close to James Cagney to get information on some real crimes Cagney and his gang were pulling. But believe me, Smashing the Money Ring will never be confused with White Heat. Reagan's going undercover, but they don't even bother to give him a phony name.

It was an interesting if far-fetched idea for a story, but this was a B film that got that kind of treatment. Part of the plot called for Reagan to be shot after a prison break by the big boss. It was at fairly close range, but it turns out Ron was only wounded and after being dumped into a lake with the getaway car, he swims away and the next minute you see him without a scratch.

I have to wonder if Reagan's mind didn't hearken back to those days at Warner Brothers when in 1981 he was really shot. Doctors instead of scriptwriters saved the life of the 40th President of the United States.

Ron was ably assisted by a cast that included Margot Stevenson, Eddie Foy, Jr., and Joe Downing as the crook Reagan was supposed to get cozy with. Interestingly enough Eddie Foy, Jr. as the sidekick got to romance Margot Stevenson. With Ron it was strictly business in this film. Maybe that had something to do with Eddie's brother Bryan Foy being in charge of Warner Brothers B picture unit.

Counterfeiting while in stir, who'd a thunk it, the brothers Warner that's who.

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