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Code of the Secret Service

Code of the Secret Service(1939)

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As with other films in Warner Bros.' Secret Service series, this film, the second in the series, was based on authentic records of the U.S. Secret Service. A working title for this film was Smashing the Money Ring, which was later used as the release title for next film in the series. Hollywood Reporter production charts list John Litel, Steffi Duna, and John Gittelson in the cast, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. Studio publicity records note that Ronald Reagan, a cavalry lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve and one of Hollywood's best horsemen, insisted on doing all of his own stunts. Reagan, apparently not convinced that a scene in which a book in his breast pocket shields him from a bullet was believable, demanded that the stunt be tested. An ashtray was placed behind the book and when shot, was unbroken. Publicity material notes that some scenes in the film were shot on location in a Mexican village and that Mexican extras were borrowed from the set of Juarez. Publicity items also state that while filming the scene in which he runs down a village street partially nude, Eddie Foy ran as fast as he could because it was cold and Mexican women and children were taunting him. For more information on the Secret Service series, for Secret Service of the Air and consult the Series Index.