Bancroft Of The Secret Service Mysteries Collection - 4 Movies (2 Disc)
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Ronald Reagan made a series of 4 "Brass Bancroft" films in 1939-'40. Although essentially "B" movies they benefited from Warner Bros expertise and as such were well received and have since achieved "cult" status (probably due to Reagan's other job). The films were based on stories from real-life secret service chief W. H. Moran and pitted Brass against spy & saboteurs from within & without USA. Brass was ably supported by Eddie Foy Jr. as his side-kick (& classy comic relief) Gabby Watters and (mostly) John Litel as his boss Saxby.
Each of the movies is a fast moving adventure with nice performances, good stories & solid scripting. Reagan (though quite young at the time) plays Brass with an easy-going charm and his performance is both high energy down-to-business and charismatic at the same time.
This "Secret Service" entry might not seem like anything startlingly new today, but in 1939 it broke some ground. Right at the beginning, when the pilot fears being caught carrying illegal aliens, the horrific act surely shocked audiences.
Brass Bancroft Film Series:
1. Secret Service of the Air (1939)
2. Code of the Secret Service (1939)
3. Smashing the Money Ring (1939)
4. Murder in the Air (1940)
1. Ronald Reagan [aka: Ronald Wilson Reagan]
Date of Birth: 6 February 1911 - Tampico, Illinois
Date of Death: 5 June 2004, Bel Air, Los Angeles, California
2. Eddie Foy Jr.
Date of Birth: 4 February 1905 - New Rochelle, New York
Date of Death: 15 July 1983 - Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California
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One thing that surprised me was that these films followed the Bond formula. 1) Something bad happens 2) We flash to M/Saxby's office where the orders are given 3) Then off to adventure.
Refreshingly, these films contain a 1930s sensibility: the dashing hero, the love interest, and the oddball sidekick with a funny name. It is like watching the old 1940s serials, but with better writing and better acting--apologies to Buster Crabbe (Flash Gordon: Box Set (Space Soldiers/Flash Gordon's Trip To Mars/Flash Gordon Conquers The Universe) (3DVD)).
These are light action films, like CHiPs: The Complete Second Season. This is not bad, since they provide us a good benchmark on how Bond-Bourne-Bauer-Batman have changed the intensity level of action films.
The first two films are based on the W. H. Moran's memoirs, he a former chief of the Secret Service. Hence, they are the better of the four films. The third film gives Foy (Gabby) a more prominent role. Like Peter Sellers (The Pink Panther (1963), ...Read more ›
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I was expecting the wit and mystery-fun of "Nick Carter", "Boston Blackie", "The Lone Wolf", "Perry Mason", "The Saint", and "The... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Karen Amrhein
Ronnie hated doing this series. Little did he know that decades later he would become president of the United States but that he would use the plot line from the third movie to... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Gary Gilfoy
Ronald Reagan was born to play Brass Bancroft of the SS, if only in retrospect. These are fast moving B movies that pack as much plot and action into their 60 minutes as a 12... Read morePublished 17 months ago by The Thin Man
These films star future President Ronald Reagan as Brass Bancroft, a flyer turned Secret Service Agent who battles alien smugglers, counterfeiters, thieves, and fifth columnist in... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Adam Graham, Superhero and Detective Fiction Author
If somebody told me that Regan would star in a series as a hero I wouldn't have believed it. My problem is in getting myself to beleive they have Regan as a dashing hero fighting... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Who cares
Great quality transfers. Ronald Reagan was a pretty good actor. Heed the warning concerning DVD-R discs and be sure they will work for you. Read morePublished on February 18, 2014 by Thaellar
My father received this for Christmas. The quality of video & sound were very good, stories were complete & enjoyable. He said to "give it a 5 star!" :)Published on January 2, 2014 by Katie725
Enjoyable 'B' pictures with Reagan developing his acting talents. Superior to other 'B's of that era with WB elm bang action.Published on October 25, 2013 by Rich Flynn
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