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Code Two (1953)

Passed | | Action, 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 (Written For the Screen by) (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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Lonely women seek excitement and romance with men of action in Code Two See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'auto sanglante See more »

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Budget:

$472,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

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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Motor-Cross Meets Dragnet
27 November 2013 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Solid little programmer from MGM's B period. The documentary influence of TV's Dragnet (1951-1959) is apparent in the early police training segment that looks like it was done at the actual Academy. Three trainees buddy-up there, but later switch to the better-paying motorcycle division. There they get involved with black market beef haulers and excitement ensues. Director Wilcox keeps things moving smoothly, while the filming in and around LA lends a realistic feel. Then too, Wynn gets to practice his tart brand of sarcasm as a tough but fair training officer, lending helpful color. As could be expected, the girls (Forrest and Stewart) are strictly secondary, as wife and girlfriend, respectively.

Meeker gets to play a cocky trainee in what could have been a warm-up for his classic Mike Hammer in Kiss Me Deadly (1955). I hope they paid him double for all his stunt work at the end. He earns it. For fans of two-wheelers, there's a lot of motorcycle cross-country action that shows off their rugged versatility. And what a coincidence, as another reviewer points out, that so many of the male cast went on to cowboy starring roles on TV—look for Chuck Connors as a deputy sheriff in an office scene about 2/3 of the way through. All in all, it's a solid programmer of the sort soon to migrate to TV, but holds interest, nevertheless.


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