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directed by Fred M. Wilcox
USA 1953

 

The film stars Ralph Meeker, who is well known to audiences from that most cynical of classic film noirs, 1955’s Kiss me Deadly. Meeker's interpretation of Chuck O'Flair very much anticipates his Mike Hammer: he's gregarious, glib, and pathologically self-confident, yet without the pervasive cynicism and world-weariness that defines Hammer. [...] From a narrative point of view Code Two is routine, but still very well put together and entertaining as can be. The main thrust of the story is O'Flair's maturation from punk kid to one of L.A.'s finest, with the main catalyst being the responsibility he feels for the death of one of his pals. Along the way he and buddies Harry (Jeff Richards) and Russ (Robert Horton) romance their girls, race around on their "motors," learn some cop wisdom from the old hats, and in the end O'Flair gets to redeems himself in a one-man battle with the bad guys.

Excerpt of review from Mark Fertig at Where Danger Lives located HERE

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Theatrical Release: 24 April 1953 (USA)

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Warner Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:09:09
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.14 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio Dolby Digital Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical trailer (2:22)

DVD Release Date: January 8th, 2013
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Comments

Code Two is a rare police procedural from MGM that was not easily accessible except a few airing on TCM, until this Warner Archive Collection release. The film tells a story of three rookie motorcycle cops - Ralph Meeker, Robert Horton and Jeff Richards, first learning the ropes of being a cop and then uncovering the murder of one of them. Along the way, love interests Elaine Stewart and Sally Forrest provide an eye candy and Keenan Wynn is memorable as one of the Police Sergeants.

Warner Archive Collection debuts the film on home video in this single-layered made-on-demand disc. The progressive transfer is presented in proper Academy ratio with very little damage on the print and with good contrast. There are no issues with mono-soundtrack and there is a trailer provided as an extra. An entertaining little crime drama that deserves to be known better.

  - Gregory Meshman

 


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