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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

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4 May 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

State Cop  »

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(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

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

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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Actually, this is a delightful musical!
12 September 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A bit of history is called for in explaining the misleading title.

Often in B-film productions, the studios would assign the producer only a "power title" with a hoped-for marquee value. From just that pre-assigned title with which to work, the film's storyline would then evolve.

Well, the film attached to the title "Tear Gas Squad" turns out to be a terrific little musical-comedy programmer with a great cast and original songs and music by Jack Scholl and M. K. Jerome (whose biggest fame would come from "Casablanca" two years later).

The great Irish tenor of Dennis Morgan shines. All else is a pleasurable hour of concise entertainment. Recommended!


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