Code Two (1953)

69 mins | Drama | 24 April 1953

Director:

Fred M. Wilcox

Writer:

Marcy Klauber

Producer:

William Grady Jr.

Cinematographer:

Ray June

Production Designers:

Cedric Gibbons, William Ferrari

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

The film opens with a voice-over narration in which police sergeant "Jumbo Culdane" outlines the kinds of traffic hazards encountered by motorcycle officers. According to a news item in the "Rambling Reporter" column in HR , Los Angeles Chief of Police William H. Parker was originally scheduled to portray himself in the ... More Less

The film opens with a voice-over narration in which police sergeant "Jumbo Culdane" outlines the kinds of traffic hazards encountered by motorcycle officers. According to a news item in the "Rambling Reporter" column in HR , Los Angeles Chief of Police William H. Parker was originally scheduled to portray himself in the film. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
21 Mar 1953.
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Daily Variety
6 Mar 53
p. 3.
Film Daily
26 Mar 53
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Sep 52
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Sep 52
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Sep 52
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Sep 52
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Sep 52
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Sep 52
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Mar 53
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
17 Mar 1953.
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Motion Picture Herald
14 Mar 1953.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
14 Mar 53
p. 1759.
Variety
11 Mar 53
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Fill-In dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
Wrt for the screen by
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
Rec supv
VISUAL EFFECTS
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit mgr
DETAILS
Release Date:
24 April 1953
Production Date:
15 September--late September 1952
Copyright Claimant:
Loew's Inc.
Copyright Date:
5 March 1953
Copyright Number:
LP2485
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
69
Length(in feet):
6,218
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
16229
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

At the Los Angeles Police Academy, new recruits Chuck O'Flair, Harry Whenlon and Russ Hardley become friends as they go through the rigorous training program. Russ brings his buddies home for a barbecue one night, and Chuck is immediately attracted to Russ's pretty sister-in-law, Jane Anderson, but she prefers Harry, a shy young man whose policeman father was killed in action. When the men complete their training, Chuck calls Jane to ask her to the graduation dance, but she finagles a date with Harry instead. The rookies begin their jobs, but are soon bored with their dull assignments. One day a motor squad officer comes into the diner where they are eating, and the three friends speak enviously of his exciting, well-paid job. Despite warnings from Sgt. Jumbo Culdane, the academy's drill instructor, about its dangers, the three men apply for transfers to the motor squad and, after a round of interviews and tests, begin their training. Russ confides to Harry that he has been concealing his new position from his wife Mary. After extensive training in handling their powerful motorcycles, the three men pass the course and begin patrolling the streets of Los Angeles. When Russ brings his motorcycle home after his first day on the job, Mary is dismayed to learn that he gave up his safe job at the station. One night, Harry and Chuck observe a truck running a stop sign, and after Chuck's cycle stalls, Harry drives off in pursuit. When Harry pulls the truck over and demands to see what is in the back, the driver's companion knocks Harry out with a wrench, ... +


At the Los Angeles Police Academy, new recruits Chuck O'Flair, Harry Whenlon and Russ Hardley become friends as they go through the rigorous training program. Russ brings his buddies home for a barbecue one night, and Chuck is immediately attracted to Russ's pretty sister-in-law, Jane Anderson, but she prefers Harry, a shy young man whose policeman father was killed in action. When the men complete their training, Chuck calls Jane to ask her to the graduation dance, but she finagles a date with Harry instead. The rookies begin their jobs, but are soon bored with their dull assignments. One day a motor squad officer comes into the diner where they are eating, and the three friends speak enviously of his exciting, well-paid job. Despite warnings from Sgt. Jumbo Culdane, the academy's drill instructor, about its dangers, the three men apply for transfers to the motor squad and, after a round of interviews and tests, begin their training. Russ confides to Harry that he has been concealing his new position from his wife Mary. After extensive training in handling their powerful motorcycles, the three men pass the course and begin patrolling the streets of Los Angeles. When Russ brings his motorcycle home after his first day on the job, Mary is dismayed to learn that he gave up his safe job at the station. One night, Harry and Chuck observe a truck running a stop sign, and after Chuck's cycle stalls, Harry drives off in pursuit. When Harry pulls the truck over and demands to see what is in the back, the driver's companion knocks Harry out with a wrench, then backs the truck over his body. Blaming himself for Harry's death, Chuck asks his commander, Capt. Bill Williams, for permission to search for the killers, and is allowed to go undercover for ten days. The investigation soon reveals two important clues: a distinctive mark in the truck's tire tread and evidence of bovine blood on Harry's jacket. Jumbo concludes they are looking for a cattle truck. While on duty one night, Chuck and Russ pursue a speeding truck on wet roads, in violation of department regulations, and Russ spins out and damages his motorcycle. Williams suspends them, but Jumbo intercedes and gets Chuck and Russ reinstated. Meanwhile, the men who killed Harry use the truck in their cattle rustling operation. Jumbo is playing cards with a friend at a sheriff's substation when the rustling is reported and, on a hunch, contacts the Los Angeles Police Department, then advises Chuck to cruise the highway near Chatsworth. Chuck throws water on the road and checks the tire pattern of each truck that drives by, until he spots the distinctive tread mark. Dressed in civilian clothes, Chuck follows the truck to a cattle ranch and calls in for help. While waiting for backup, Chuck explores the ranch and is discovered by the driver and his partner in the slaughterhouse. While Chuck is making up an excuse, the rustlers, who heard the police radio broadcasting from Chuck's concealed motorcycle, come in and expose him. Chuck fights off his assailants, sending Harry's murderer flying into a pit of bubbling quick lime. After a brutal fistfight with the truck driver, Chuck makes it back to his motorcycle, but is shot and wounded just before the police arrive. Later, in the hospital, Jumbo congratulates the young officer for finally "making the force," and Chuck is pleased to meet his beautiful nurse. +

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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