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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 Police Capt. Grey 103 episodes, 1957-1960


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 <>

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Release Date:

20 September 1957 (USA)  »

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Ballinger de Chicago  »

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An episode featuring a Chicago cop taking a bribe led to Mayor Richard J. Daley banning any television 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 »


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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Theme From M Squad
Composed by Count Basie (from September 1958)
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Count Basie made this series a WINNER!!!!
17 March 2001 | by See all my reviews

"When I was a child around 7-8 years old I loved the police series that came on in the 50s Highway Patrol, The Lineup, San Francisco Beat,Mike Hammer, but I think that M-Squad was my favorite. Lee Marvin was DANGEROUS as Lt. Ballanger. But the sound track of Count Basie was what made me watch this show every week, and made me a life long Basie fanatic. I hope somebody will put all 117 episodes on video because I would certainly buy all of them.

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