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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.

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Cast overview:
... Chuck O'Flair
... Jane Anderson
... Mary Hartley
... Police Sgt. Jumbo Culdane
... Russ Hartley
... Police Lt. Redmon
... Harry Whenlon
... Police Capt. Bill Williams
... 1st Truck Driver
... 2nd Truck Triver
... Motor Squad Duty Sgt. Payne
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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 »

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Crime | Drama

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24 April 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L'auto sanglante  »

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Budget:

$472,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$365,000, 31 December 1953

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$711,000, 31 December 1953
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This film performed poorly at the box office resulting in a loss to MGM of $37,000 ($343,000 in 2017) according to studio records. See more »

Goofs

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 See 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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