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Code Two (1953)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 24 April 1953 (USA)
The adventures of motorcycle cops, from their academy days, to chasing crooked truckers.

Director:

Fred M. Wilcox

Writer:

Marcy Klauber (as Marcel Klauber)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Ralph Meeker ... Chuck O'Flair
Elaine Stewart ... Jane Anderson
Sally Forrest ... Mary Hartley
Keenan Wynn ... Police Sgt. Jumbo Culdane
Robert Horton ... Russ Hartley
James Craig ... Police Lt. Redmon
Jeff Richards ... Harry Whenlon
Robert Burton ... Police Capt. Bill Williams
Jonathan Cott ... 1st Truck Driver
William Campbell ... 2nd Truck Triver
Fred Graham ... Motor Squad Duty Sgt. Payne
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Storyline

Chuck O'Flair and two buddies, Russ Hartley and Harry Whenlon, enter the Los Angeles Police Academy as cadets. Cocky and sure of himself, O'Flair almost gets washed out as unfit material. After they graduate, one of them accidentally stumbles on a gang of black marketeers and is murdered. O'Flair requests the assignment to track down the killer. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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MGM's fastest drama on two wheels. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'auto sanglante See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$472,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$365,000, 31 December 1953

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$711,000, 31 December 1953
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The art on the cover of the Warner Brothers Archive Collection DVD shows Ralph Meeker laying next to Elaine Stewart in a bathing suit. In the movie, it is Jeff Richards who is next to Stewart in this scene. Meeker is in a canoe with his girlfriend. This art may be from an original lobby card for this movie or maybe was created specifically for the DVD box art. See more »

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When O'Flair is fighting the bad guy with a meat cleaver, the bad guy takes a couple of swings at O'Flair and misses, hitting the wall instead. Before that, you can see about a dozen marks in the wall from previous takes. See more »

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Lovable lout gets serious
21 November 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Code Two from MGM's B picture unit is the story of three rookie cops at the Police Academy and then their first assignments on motor patrol with the LAPD. This is not a Police Academy film by any means, it could have been done by Jack Webb. At Warner Brothers in the Thirties the rookie with the big mouth and attitude would have been played by Jimmy Cagney.

And the training officer would have been played by Pat O'Brien. Here at MGM in the Fifties the parts are played by Ralph Meeker and Keenan Wynn respectively. The other two rookies are Jeff Richards and Robert Horton.

All three opt for motorcycle patrol and within days of being assigned Richards is killed when he stops a truck doing a little smuggling. After that Meeker loses the attitude and he and Horton take leave just to find Jeff Richards' killers.

Code Two is a combination of a long Dragnet episode and one of those basic training military films. Meeker is kind of a lovable lout who gets real serious as the occasion calls.

There's some good Los Angeles location photography and nicely staged action sequences. All in all an acceptable B programmer.


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