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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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 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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Connections

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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Classic Police Drama with Chutzpah
15 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There's no way you could ever truly "get" "Police Squad" or any of the "Naked Gun" movies without seeing "M Squad." When you see "Police Squad" or "Naked Gun", you know it's satire, but satire of what? You realize it must be satire of old police dramas, but very pointedly, it is satire of THIS PARTICULAR police drama. They broke the mold on film noir police dramas with this one.

This was no sissypants show. It was made for men who appreciated real men - the perfect vehicle for Lee Marvin as Frank Ballinger, tough Chicago detective. With his low-voiced police growl and tall lanky tough-guy look, he dealt with Chicago bad guys with frank talk, force and the point of his snub-nosed revolver.

This show would have a difficult time airing today due to its lack of political correctness in the violence department. However, it would be fun to see another run on cable.


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