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Tear Gas Squad (1940)

Approved | | Drama | 4 May 1940 (USA)
Nightclub singer becomes police cadet to impress blond female from police family, ends up with her current dating partner as his cadet trainer.


(as Terry Morse)


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Complete credited cast:
Sgt. Crump
Julie Stevens ...
Lt. Sullivan
Mrs. Sullivan
Capt. Henderson
Chief Ferris
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 <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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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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Did You Know?


This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Tucson Thursday 20 September 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9); it first aired in Albuquerque Monday 1 October 1956 on KOAT (Channel 7), in Salt Lake City Tuesday 15 January 1957 on KUTV (Channel 2), and in Indianapolis Sunday 6 March 1957 on WFBM (Channel 6). See more »


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 »


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


The Song Is the Thing
Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Played during the opening credits
Sung by Dennis Morgan and the police glee club
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Morgan Shows His Stuff
5 April 2011 | by 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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