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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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Approved
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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

You, You Darlin'
(uncredited)
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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"Why, for you, I'd even be a fireman."
24 May 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Nightclub crooner Dennis Morgan joins the police academy to impress pretty blonde policeman's daughter Gloria Dickson. Cop John Payne is also sweet on Gloria and, as movie luck would have it, he winds up as Morgan's trainer at the academy. Nice little B movie with a misleading title. There's no tear gas squad, although tear gas does play a part in the final minutes of the picture.

Morgan's somewhat miscast but does get to sing some songs, which is primarily what they paid him for. Poor John Payne has to play O'Brien to Morgan's Cagney. Nice supporting cast includes many future TV stars: Edgar Buchanan (Petticoat Junction), William Hopper (Perry Mason), Herbert Anderson (Dennis the Menace), George Reeves and John Hamilton (Adventures of Superman). Director Terry O. Morse would go on to direct the American footage for the first Godzilla. Not a bad movie of its type and a decent way to kill an hour.


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