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Tear Gas Squad (1940)

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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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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 <>

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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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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 »


You, You Darlin'
Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Played during the opening photo credits and often in the score
Sung by Dennis Morgan at the Sullivan home
Also sung by Dennis Morgan at the end
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Morgan Shows His Stuff
5 April 2011 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Cocky young nightclub singer joins police force to win affection of cop family's daughter.

The title remains a mystery since the crime part comes as something of an after-thought. And when the title tear gas finally does fly, it's short-lived. Actually, the movie's a showcase for Morgan who's clearly on his way to bigger and better things. Despite the B-budget, he comes through here in spades with a lively performance and a fine singing voice.

In fact, the production looks like an opportunity for a number of likable younger players— Payne, Reeves, Anderson— resulting in an uncommonly good-looking male cast. The rivalry between Morrissey (Payne) and McCabe (Morgan) appears both natural and the movie's dramatic centerpiece.

Sure, the story's about as hackneyed as they come. But it's a Warner Bros. production and no one was more energetic on screen than the studio of Cagney, Flynn, and Robinson. Their crews knew how to keep a story moving in both filming and editing. And, despite the limitations, this lively little endeavor is no exception.

(In passing—note the presence of two cast members from 1950's Superman series, George Reeves {Joe McCabe} along with John Hamilton {police chief}. Also, look quickly for Perry Mason's William Hopper in an early walk-on.)

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