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.


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


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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Release Date:

4 May 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

State Cop  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


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


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Music by Harry Warren
Played at the Monterey Tavern when George asks Lois to Dance
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Dennis Morgan sings like never before!
13 June 2000 | by (Templeton,CA) – See all my reviews

I was amazed at how short this film was AND how extremely great it was.Dennis Morgan's voice was really exceptional and he sang so much in this movie,it made it SO nice!!It has to do a lot with the police force.It was drama and music all wrapped up into one package.Hope you enjoy it!!

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