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Tear Gas Squad (1940)

 -  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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Drama

Certificate:

Approved
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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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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

In a street scene late in the film, the Warner Bros. water tower, complete with logo, can be seen over the false fronts of the New York street. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
(uncredited)
Music by Ernest Ball (1912)
Lyrics by Chauncey Olcott and George Graff
Sung by Dennis Morgan and the Sullivan family
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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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