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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1960   1959   1958   1957  
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 Police Capt. Grey 103 episodes, 1957-1960
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Storyline

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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4:3
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Trivia

The show was inspired by the exploits of legendary Chicago crime fighter Det. Supt. Joseph Morris. Det. Lt. Frank Pape, who worked for Morris, served as a technical adviser on the show, without getting credit, however, because of his active status within the Chicago Police Department, which banned police moonlighting. 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 »

Soundtracks

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 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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