IMDb > "M Squad" (1957)
"M Squad"
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany creditsepisode listepisodes castepisode ratings... by rating... by votes
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsmessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summaryplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

"M Squad" (1957) More at IMDbPro »TV series 1957-1960


Overview

User Rating:
8.5/10   208 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 9% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Contact:
View company contact information for M Squad on IMDbPro.
Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3
Release Date:
20 September 1957 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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 »
Plot Keywords:
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Classic Police Drama with Chutzpah See more (13 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 3 of 128)

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)
(more)

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)
 

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Runtime:
30 min (117 episodes)
Country:
Language:
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

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 »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Theme From M SquadSee more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
23 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Classic Police Drama with Chutzpah, 15 October 2005
Author: jonesy74-1 from United States

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.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (13 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for "M Squad" (1957)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Great show!! Pity DVD quality isn't better! Little Caesar
Franks car tractorsnmoo
Where did they live? bellybutton1221@yahoo.com
On location shooting in Chicago? chappy0301
Please release this on dvd! glenponder
Question about the music irontug
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
"Crime Story" Bullitt "Cold Case" "Hawaii Five-O" Above the Law
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Episode guide Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb TV section IMDb Drama section
IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.

You may add a new episode for this TV series by clicking the 'add episode' button