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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3
Release Date:
20 September 1957 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
The hard-hitting adventures of tough Lieutenant Frank Ballinger, a member of the Chicago Police Department's M Squad, an elite crime-fighting unit. Full summary »
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Awards:
1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
(8 articles)
It’s Not TV: HBO, The Company That Changed Television: The Wasteland
 (From SoundOnSight. 22 July 2013, 4:23 AM, PDT)

Lee Marvin: rising above the reputation
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 24 March 2013, 11:00 PM, PDT)

R.I.P. Don Medford
 (From Deadline TV. 3 January 2013, 12:23 AM, PST)

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Credit for Stanley Wilson See more (13 total) »

Cast

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Lee Marvin ... Detective Lt. Frank Ballinger / ... (117 episodes, 1957-1960)
Ed Herlihy ... Opening Announcer (116 episodes, 1957-1960)
Paul Newlan ... Police Capt. Grey (103 episodes, 1957-1960)
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Series Directed by
Don Medford (10 episodes, 1958-1959)
Herman Hoffman (10 episodes, 1959-1960)
Don Taylor (9 episodes, 1958-1960)
David Lowell Rich (9 episodes, 1958-1959)
John Brahm (8 episodes, 1957-1959)
Bernard Girard (8 episodes, 1957)
Sidney Lanfield (8 episodes, 1958-1959)
Francis D. Lyon (7 episodes, 1959-1960)
Paul Stewart (5 episodes, 1960)
Allen H. Miner (4 episodes, 1958-1959)
Bernard L. Kowalski (4 episodes, 1958)
Don McDougall (4 episodes, 1959-1960)
Earl Bellamy (3 episodes, 1957-1960)
James Neilson (3 episodes, 1958-1959)
Jerry Hopper (3 episodes, 1959-1960)
Don Weis (2 episodes, 1957)
Mark Sandrich Jr. (2 episodes, 1958-1959)
Robert Ellis Miller (2 episodes, 1959)
Virgil W. Vogel (2 episodes, 1959)
Marc Lawrence (2 episodes, 1960)
 
Series Writing credits
Jack Laird (12 episodes, 1957-1959)
Joel Murcott (11 episodes, 1957-1959)
Stuart Jerome (11 episodes, 1959-1960)
Wilton Schiller (8 episodes, 1957-1959)
Merwin Gerard (7 episodes, 1958-1959)
Maxwell Shane (7 episodes, 1959-1960)
Hendrik Vollaerts (6 episodes, 1957-1960)
Jack Jacobs (5 episodes, 1958-1959)
Harry W. Junkin (5 episodes, 1958)
Robert C. Dennis (5 episodes, 1959)
Donald S. Sanford (3 episodes, 1958-1959)
Whitman Chambers (3 episodes, 1959-1960)
Frank L. Moss (3 episodes, 1959)
Terry Crosby (3 episodes, 1960)
Jay D. Crowley (3 episodes, 1960)
Robert Quaid (3 episodes, 1960)
Fenton Earnshaw (2 episodes, 1957-1960)
Irving Rubine (2 episodes, 1957-1958)
Bernard C. Schoenfeld (2 episodes, 1957-1958)
Palmer Thompson (2 episodes, 1957-1958)
Bill S. Ballinger (2 episodes, 1958-1959)
Sidney Marshall (2 episodes, 1958)
Oscar Millard (2 episodes, 1958)
Barry Trivers (2 episodes, 1958)
Arthur Rowe (2 episodes, 1959-1960)
Irwin Winehouse (2 episodes, 1959)
A. Sanford Wolfe (2 episodes, 1959)
Kevin Thomas (2 episodes, 1960)
Adam Williams (2 episodes, 1960)

Series Produced by
John Larkin .... producer / executive producer (70 episodes, 1957-1959)
Maxwell Shane .... producer (39 episodes, 1959-1960)
Richard Lewis .... executive producer / producer (38 episodes, 1957-1958)
Robert Bassler .... producer (6 episodes, 1959)
 
Series Original Music by
Benny Carter (56 episodes, 1958-1960)
John Williams (8 episodes, 1958-1959)
Gerald Fried (3 episodes, 1958)
Ernest Gold (2 episodes, 1958)
Lyn Murray (2 episodes, 1959)
 
Series Cinematography by
Ray Rennahan (23 episodes, 1957-1960)
William A. Sickner (18 episodes, 1957-1959)
John L. Russell (15 episodes, 1958-1960)
Bud Thackery (13 episodes, 1957-1960)
Mack Stengler (13 episodes, 1957-1959)
Lionel Lindon (5 episodes, 1957-1960)
Bert Glennon (5 episodes, 1958-1960)
Gilbert Warrenton (4 episodes, 1957-1960)
John F. Warren (4 episodes, 1958-1960)
William Bradford (2 episodes, 1957)
Ray Cory (2 episodes, 1959-1960)
Richard L. Rawlings (2 episodes, 1959-1960)
Ellsworth Fredericks (2 episodes, 1959)
Neal Beckner (2 episodes, 1960)
Ray Flin (2 episodes, 1960)
 
Series Film Editing by
Douglas Stewart (23 episodes, 1958-1959)
John B. Moss (12 episodes, 1957-1958)
Bill Mosher (9 episodes, 1957-1958)
Milton Shifman (8 episodes, 1957-1959)
Patrick McCormack (8 episodes, 1958)
William W. Moore (8 episodes, 1959-1960)
Lee Huntington (7 episodes, 1958-1960)
Hugh Chaloupka (7 episodes, 1959-1960)
Stanley Rabjohn (5 episodes, 1958-1959)
W. Duncan Mansfield (5 episodes, 1960)
Eugene Pendleton (4 episodes, 1959-1960)
Danny B. Landres (3 episodes, 1959-1960)
Robert Seiter (2 episodes, 1958-1959)
Daniel A. Nathan (2 episodes, 1958)
Roy V. Livingston (2 episodes, 1959)
 
Series Art Direction by
Arthur Lonergan (48 episodes, 1958-1960)
Martin Obzina (20 episodes, 1957-1960)
George Patrick (13 episodes, 1958-1960)
Howard E. Johnson (8 episodes, 1958-1960)
Loyd S. Papez (6 episodes, 1958)
John J. Lloyd (5 episodes, 1958-1960)
John Meehan (4 episodes, 1957-1958)
John Ewing (3 episodes, 1957-1958)
Frank Arrigo (3 episodes, 1958)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Glen Daniels (15 episodes, 1957-1958)
George Milo (12 episodes, 1957-1960)
Mac Mulcahy (12 episodes, 1958-1959)
James M. Walters Sr. (11 episodes, 1957-1960)
James Redd (11 episodes, 1959-1960)
Perry Murdock (9 episodes, 1957-1960)
Ralph Sylos (9 episodes, 1958-1960)
John McCarthy Jr. (4 episodes, 1958-1959)
Carl J. Lawrence (4 episodes, 1959-1960)
Rudy Butler (2 episodes, 1960)
 
Series Makeup Department
Florence Bush .... hair stylist (117 episodes, 1957-1960)
Jack Barron .... makeup artist (111 episodes, 1957-1960)
Leo Lotito Jr. .... makeup artist (5 episodes, 1957-1959)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ronnie Rondell Jr. .... assistant director (15 episodes, 1957-1960)
Charles S. Gould .... assistant director (13 episodes, 1957-1959)
Hilton A. Green .... assistant director (10 episodes, 1957-1960)
Frank Fox .... assistant director (10 episodes, 1958-1960)
Ben Bishop .... assistant director (10 episodes, 1958-1959)
James H. Brown .... assistant director (5 episodes, 1957-1960)
James Nicholson .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1957-1958)
Edward K. Dodds .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1959-1960)
Henry Kline .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1960)
George Lollier .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1957-1958)
John Pommer .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1957-1958)
Will Sheldon .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1958-1959)
George Bisk .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1959-1960)
Carter De Haven Jr. .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1959-1960)
Jack Doran .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1959-1960)
Abby Singer .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1957-1958)
Dolph Zimmer .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1958)
Donald Baer .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1959-1960)
Milton Carter .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1959)
William Dorfman .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1960)
Nat Holt Jr. .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1960)
 
Series Sound Department
Earl Crain Jr. .... sound (27 episodes, 1957-1959)
William H. Lynch .... sound (16 episodes, 1957-1960)
Melvin M. Metcalfe Sr. .... sound (11 episodes, 1957-1960)
John C. Grubb .... sound (9 episodes, 1957-1960)
Stephen Bass .... sound (9 episodes, 1957-1959)
Earl Crain Sr. .... sound (8 episodes, 1958-1960)
Dick Tyler Sr. .... sound (6 episodes, 1957-1958)
Frank H. Wilkinson .... sound (6 episodes, 1959-1960)
B.F. Ryan .... sound (3 episodes, 1958)
Joe Lapis .... sound (3 episodes, 1959-1960)
John K. Kean .... sound (2 episodes, 1958)
William Russell .... sound (2 episodes, 1960)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vincent Dee .... costume supervisor / wardrobe / ... (117 episodes, 1957-1960)
 
Series Editorial Department
Richard G. Wray .... editorial supervisor / supervising editor (107 episodes, 1957-1960)
David J. O'Connell .... editorial supervisor / supervising editor (10 episodes, 1960)
 
Series Music Department
Stanley Wilson .... music supervisor (89 episodes, 1957-1960)
Count Basie .... composer: theme music (79 episodes, 1958-1960)
 
Series Other crew
William Kozlenko .... story consultant (2 episodes, 1957)
Robert Tallman .... story editor (2 episodes, 1958)
 

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30 min (117 episodes)
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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.See more »
Soundtrack:
Theme From M SquadSee more »

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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Credit for Stanley Wilson, 25 December 2005
Author: rcraigfox from United States

Even though Count Basie wrote the theme for M Squad, much credit should also be given to the Stanley Wilson orchestra for writing and performing the music for each episode week after week. Stanley Wilson, Benny Carter, and Johnny Williams wrote all the other cuts from the album, most of which are better than the theme in my estimation. The album from 1959, LPM-2062 includes: The Chase, The Search, Phantom Raiders, Lonely Beat, The Juke Box, The Mugger, The Discovery, The Late Spot, The Cha-Cha, Club, A Lady Sings the Blues, and, The End. They have all stood the test of time, just like the show. Does anyone remember if the opening credits show a Navy flying boat taking off? If not, what similar show from the same era had that scene? I thought it was M Squad, but since it was set in Chicago, maybe not. I believe the show I am looking for was set in San Diego, since the scene I am speaking of showed a Navy P5M taking off from the sea lane between North Island and San Diego. I was in that squadron at the time and would like to get a copy of that show just for the memories. Thanks

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