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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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

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Director: Andrew V. McLaglen
Stars: Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Ken Wahl
Cimarron City (1958–1960)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

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Pocket Money (1972)
Certificate: GP Comedy | Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Broke and in debt, an otherwise honest cowboy gets mixed up in some shady dealings with a crooked rancher.

Director: Stuart Rosenberg
Stars: Paul Newman, Lee Marvin, Strother Martin
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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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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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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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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M Squad
(theme 1957-1958)
Written by Stanley Wilson
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One Of My All-Time Favorite Cop Shows
22 June 1999 | by (Wichita, Ks.) – See all my reviews

Lee Marvin became and remains one of my favorite actors because of this series. As a kid I eagerly awaited Friday nights at 9:00 (EST) on NBC. Frank Ballinger always got the bad guy, and we got to hear some really cool music along the way. The late fifties and early sixties were a golden age for TV cop shows and TV music -- this show was one of the main reasons. After much travail, I have managed to obtain a rare videocassette of two episodes, and even rarer, a copy of a CD reissue of the sound track LP. Great stuff! The "Police Squad!" opening credit sequence, and the characters of Frank Drebin and his boss, were lifted (lovingly, I am sure) from this show.


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