The hard-hitting adventures of tough Lieutenant Frank Ballinger, a member of the Chicago Police Department's M Squad, an elite crime-fighting unit.
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 Detective Lt. Frank Ballinger / ... (117 episodes, 1957-1960)
Paul Newlan ...
 Police Capt. Grey (103 episodes, 1957-1960)
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Captain Grey headed an elite detective squad in the Chicago, Illinois Police Department dedicated to fighting organized crime. Lieutenant Frank Ballinger was one of the police officers who worked alone to arrest the villains. Written by J.E. McKillop <jack-mckillop@worldnet.att.net>

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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20 September 1957 (USA)  »

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Ballinger de Chicago  »

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(117 episodes)

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An episode featuring a Chicago cop taking a bribe led to Mayor Richard J. Daley banning any TV show or film from doing any shooting in Chicago at all. That ban was later broken with the filming of The Blues Brothers (1980). See more »

Quotes

Lt. Frank Ballinger: [spoken in voiceover near beginning of each episode, as he tells audience about a recently committed crime] My name is Frank Ballinger, detective-lieutenant, M Squad, a special detail of the Chicago police.
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Spoofed in Beastie Boys: Video Anthology (2000) See more »

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Theme From M Squad
Composed by Count Basie (from September 1958)
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A tough-as-nails police show
27 July 1999 | by (Brooklyn NY) – See all my reviews

This show was so hard-bitten Ballinger almost got killed once having been pumped full of lead. When did Joe Friday ever get shot? It's a crime this adult drama has never been rerun.


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