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Trapped(1949)

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The film's onscreen credits include the following written foreword: "To the Secretary of the Treasury of the United States and his loyal and able assistants of the Secret Service....Our gratitude and thanks for permission to photograph the actual Treasury scenes and for their help and cooperation in the making of this motion picture." A brief survey, done in documentary style, of the varied activities of the U.S. Treasury Department and a detailed account of the production of U.S. currency by the Bureau of Printing and Engraving then is presented. The picture concludes with the following written statement: "The United States currency and the credentials of the Treasury Department shown in this film were photographed by special permission of the Secretary of the Treasury. Further reproduction of said currency or credentials in whole or part is strictly prohibited."
       According to an October 1948 Hollywood Reporter news item, producer Bryan Foy traveled to New York, Washington, D.C. and Montreal to obtain clearances for the picture, which was to be based on a "recent counterfeiting case." The same item noted that the film's script had been approved by James J. Maloney, chief of the Secret Service. Although reviews commented on the timeliness of the picture's subject matter, no specific counterfeiting case is cited in contemporary sources. Some scenes in the film were shot on the "streets of Los Angeles," according to the Hollywood Reporter review.