G-Men Never Forget

G-Men Never Forget is a 1948 Republic movie serial. The serial was condensed into a feature film in 1966 and re-released under the title Code 645.

G-Men Never Forget
Directed byFred C. Brannon
Yakima Canutt
Written byFranklin Adreon
Basil Dickey
Jesse Duffy
Sol Shor
Produced byM. J. Frankovich
StarringClayton Moore
Roy Barcroft
Ramsay Ames
Drew Allen
Tom Steele
Dale Van Sickel
Edmund Cobb
Stanley Price
Jack O'Shea
CinematographyJohn MacBurnie
Distributed byRepublic Pictures
Release date
  • January 31, 1948 (1948-01-31) (U.S. serial)[1]
Running time
12 chapters / 167 minutes (serial)[1]
100 minutes (TV)[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$151,061 (negative cost: $151,554)[1]


Escaped criminal Victor Murkland (Roy Barcroft) kidnaps the police commissioner and, with the aid of plastic surgery, takes his place. Federal Agent Ted O'Hara (Clayton Moore) is called in to try to stop the wave of crime initiated by Murkland, not knowing that Murkland is posing as the police commissioner and is aware of O'Haras' every move. The real commissioner is being held captive in a mental hospital run by Dr. Benson (Stanley Price). O'Hara is aided by the beautiful Sgt. Francis Blake (Ramsay Ames). Murkland's gang threatens to destroy a major tunnel being built underneath a channel, and blackmails the builder into paying him protection money.



G-Men Never Forget was budgeted at $151,061 although the final negative cost was $151,554 (a $493, or 0.3%, overspend). It was the most expensive Republic serial of 1948.[1]

It was filmed between July 16 and August 7, 1947.[1] The serial's production number was 1698.[1]


Special effectsEdit

The special effects were created by the Lydecker brothers.



G-Men Never Forget's official release date is January 31, 1948, although this is actually the date the sixth chapter was made available to film exchanges.[1]


G-Men Never Forget was one of twenty-six Republic serials re-released as a film on television in 1966. The title of the film was changed to Code 645. This version was cut down to 100-minutes in length.[1]

Chapter titlesEdit

  1. Death Rides the Torrent (20min)
  2. The Flaming Doll House/100,000 Volts (13min 20s)[2]
  3. Code Six-Four-Five (13min 20s)
  4. Shipyard Saboteurs (13min 20s)
  5. The Dead Man Speaks (13min 20s)
  6. Marked Money/Marked Evidence (13min 20s)[3]
  7. Hot Cargo (13min 20s)
  8. The Fatal Letter (13min 20s)
  9. The Death Wind (13min 20s) - a re-cap chapter
  10. The Innocent Victim (13min 20s)
  11. Counter-Plot (13min 20s)
  12. Exposed (13min 20s)


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Mathis, Jack (1995). Valley of the Cliffhangers Supplement. Jack Mathis Advertising. pp. 3, 10, 102–103. ISBN 0-9632878-1-8.
  2. ^ "The Flaming Doll House" is recorded as the title of the second chapter in William C. Cline’s In the Nick of Time while "100,000 Volts" is recorded as the title in Jack Mathis’ Valley of the Cliffhangers Supplement.
  3. ^ "Marked Money" is recorded as the title of the sixth chapter in William C. Cline’s In the Nick of Time while "Marked Evidence" is recorded as the title in Jack Mathis’ Valley of the Cliffhangers Supplement.
  4. ^ Cline, William C. (1984). "Filmography". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 246. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X.

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Preceded by
The Black Widow (1947)
Republic Serial
G-Men Never Forget (1948)
Succeeded by
Dangers of the Canadian Mounted (1948)