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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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Release Date:

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 »

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You're the Greatest Discovery
(uncredited)
Music by Terry Shand
First tune played at the Monterey Tavern
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Dennis Morgan in shoddy B-film before he entered the majors...
23 May 2008 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

There's a definite B-film flavor for this quickie from Warner Bros. that has DENNIS MORGAN as a nightclub singer trying to impress a girl (GLORIA DICKSON) with his impersonation as a police officer during a nightclub act. Little does he know she's from a family of officers, which is why she fails to be impressed by him.

JOHN PAYNE is one of her brothers, also a policeman who knows Morgan because he gave him a traffic ticket for speeding. The story turns out to be a trifle distinguished only by a generous sampling of Irish songs by Morgan, who never sounded in better voice. Unfortunately, the story is hackneyed stuff, with Morgan deciding to actually join the police force instead of just impersonating one. Naturally, he has to shape up under Payne's leadership in training school.

It's predictable nonsense with DENNIS MORGAN's way with a song being the only worthwhile reason for watching. Running less than an hour, it's a harmless programmer but easily forgotten.


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