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The Silent Code (1935)

 -  Western  -  November 1935 (USA)
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Nothwest Mounted Police Corporal Jerry Hale is assigned to take over the district of a fellow-officer, and is puzzled as he had worked this district before and had been mysteriously ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kane Richmond ...
NWMP Cpl. Jerry Hale
Blanche Mehaffey ...
Helen Brent
Wolfang ...
Rex, King of Dogs
J.P. McGowan ...
Commissioner
Joseph W. Girard ...
NWMP Inspector Manning (as Joseph Girard)
Barney Furey ...
Peter Barkley
Pat Harmon ...
Henchman Carney
Ben Corbett ...
Henchman Breen (as Benny Corbett)
Carl Mathews ...
Henchman Lobo
Edward Coxen ...
Nathan Brent (as Ed Coxen)
Bud Osborne ...
Mountie Sergeant
Clarence Davis ...
Redwing
Ted Mapes ...
First Mountie Constable
Douglas Ross ...
Second Mountie Constable
Rose Higgins ...
Indian Servant
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Nothwest Mounted Police Corporal Jerry Hale is assigned to take over the district of a fellow-officer, and is puzzled as he had worked this district before and had been mysteriously transferred, disrupting his romance with Helen Brent, the niece of Peter Barkley, the Factor at the trading post. An accountant of the company Berkley works for threatens to expose him when his account is found $10,000 short. Barkley pleads for more time to raise the money. His opportunity arises when he learns that Helen's father and his brother-in-law, Nathan Brent, has struck it rich and is on his way to visit Helen. Barkley instructs his henchmen Carney and Breen to lie in wait and rob Brent of his gold. Brent has a premonition of trouble and buries his gold, making a map of the location. Barkley is disturbed by the arrival of Corporal Hale and goes to warn his men, and finds them already engaged in the attack on Brent. Brent's dog Wolfgang (played by a dog named Rex, or maybe the other way around) ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A SAGA OF THE NORTHWEST MOUNTED POLICE (original posters-all caps) See more »

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Wait six months and they'll forget they saw it in April.

Writer George Morgan has a "Original Story and Screenplay" credit---written just like that---and while there is no doubt he did write the screenplay for "The Silent Code," he may have been fibbing a bit when it came to the Original Story credit.

Back in April of 1935, Columbia Pictures Corporation released a film with Tim McCoy,as a Canadian Mountie, called "Fighting Shadows." And, in September, Louis Weiss's International Pictures Inc. production company, (which is not the same company as the International Pictures Inc. company of the mid-1940's that later merged with Universal Pictures Corporation to form the Universal-International production company )produced and distributed, via the Weiss-owned "Stage and Screen Productions Inc. distribution company, "The Silent Code." Of course, there were a lot of USA-produced films featuring the Royal Canadian Mounted Police made in the 1930's---only a few of which were actually filmed in Canada and only then to comply with the British Import Law---so it is no coincidence that the 1935 version of International Pictures Inc. would make a Canadian Mounted film within a few short months of one made and distributed by Columbia Pictures Corporation. But...it do strain credibility a bit when both films have exactly the same plot, beginning with a Mountie being reassigned to a district he had been run out of earlier and not missing a beat from there. The only difference is in the cast/crew credits, plus Morgan gave this film's hero a dog named Rex (played by a dog named Wolfang)and Tim McCoy only had a horse to talk to in the Columbia film.

Of course it doesn't matter...but since both films are readily available for viewing, those who collect films of this era might enjoy watching these two back-to-back just to see how a real Poverty-Row company fared when they did an unauthorized/uncredited remake of a borderline Poverty Row company film...on about one-third less budget.


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