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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 »
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Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
One of the all time greatest Cops shows on TV 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)
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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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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 »
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17 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
One of the all time greatest Cops shows on TV, 13 February 2005
Author: plymouthdoctor from United States

The opening scene was one of the best in TV history. Every week you saw the grille of Lee's '53 Ford come wheeling around a city corner and the words 'M SQUAD' flashing onto the screen as the car is coming into full view. It got you ready for a great police adventure with a character that could only be played by someone of Marvins' persona. He had the tough guy role down to a science - better than Clint Eastwood, Telly Savalas or Jack Lord.

Marvin had a way of speaking to the criminal element (or anyone he didn't like for that matter) that caused them to stop and reflect on the probable outcome of an escalated confrontation with him. As a kid, I tried to copy that poker face and steady sure voice that caused the bad guys to back down. Never quite got the hang of it; there will only be one Lee Marvin.

Hoping that some day these episodes are reproduced - it was TV at its best.

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