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Tear Gas Squad (1940)

Approved  |   |  Drama  |  4 May 1940 (USA)
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Nightclub singer becomes police cadet to impress blond female from police family, ends up with her current dating partner as his cadet trainer.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dennis Morgan ...
Tommy McCabe
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Bill Morrissey
Gloria Dickson ...
Jerry Sullivan
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Joe McCabe
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Sgt. Crump
Herbert Anderson ...
Pliny Jones
Julie Stevens ...
Lois
Harry Shannon ...
Lt. Sullivan
Mary Gordon ...
Mrs. Sullivan
William Gould ...
Capt. Henderson
John Hamilton ...
Chief Ferris
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Cousin Andy
Dick Rich ...
Cousin Pat
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George (as DeWolf Hopper)
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Rocky Sullivan (archive footage)
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Storyline

Druggist Joe McCabe foils a robbery, and his brother Tommy decides to join the state police in order to impress Joe and Tommy's new date, Jerry, a policeman's daughter. When the robbers exact revenge on Joe, Tommy hunts them down. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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4 May 1940 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Despite the title, tear gas is not mentioned until five minutes before the end of this film, it is not used until two minutes before the end, and there is no actual tear gas squad. Tear gas is just a weapon coincidentally used by regular police offers. See more »

Goofs

McCabe and Jones are shown in a two-shot seated on their adjacent motorcycles, but on the cut to a wide shot showing the entire motorcycle squad, Jones is not one of the riders. See more »

Connections

Edited from Angels with Dirty Faces (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

The Song Is the Thing
(uncredited)
Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Played during the opening credits
Sung by Dennis Morgan and the police glee club
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Shed no tears
5 January 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

After seeing any number of films from Warner Brothers I'm convinced that several properties at once were written with James Cagney in mind. And when he said no they devolved on to lesser players in the pecking order.

Case in point is this film Tear Gas Squad in which there is no such specialized squad in any police department I know. And we only see tear gas being used in the final showdown with the bad guys here. What this is all about is yet another buddy film that was probably meant for the team of Cagney and Pat O'Brien.

Dennis Morgan plays a nightclub singer with not too good an opinion of cops, but joins the force any way to impress Gloria Dickson who comes from a family of them. And she's got Sergeant John Payne who is also courting her who gives Morgan a ticket and gets a lot of lip from Morgan. So when he winds up Morgan's training officer you can only imagine what follows.

Which you've seen in any number of Cagney/O'Brien films all of them better than this. At least Morgan got to sing a bit. John Payne who has a few good notes in his system as well sang not a bit.

Fortunately for both Morgan and Payne better films were coming along although Payne would have to move to 20th Century Fox for them.


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