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"M Squad" A Kid Up There (1960)

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Maxwell Shane (teleplay)
Ian Hamilton (story)
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Original Air Date:
22 March 1960 (Season 3, Episode 27)
Frank Ballinger becomes involved in a tense hostage situation, he must restrain his instinct to simply shoot it out because of fears their may be a young child involved. | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Lee Marvin ... Detective Lt. Frank Ballinger
Paul Newlan ... Police Capt. Grey

Bert Freed ... Police Lt. Shannon
Connie Gilchrist ... Jane Finchley

Al Ruscio ... Freddie Cannell
Jimmy Baird ... Freddie Cannell Jr.
Gil Frye ... Patrolman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ed Herlihy ... Opening Announcer (voice) (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Paul Stewart 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ian Hamilton  story
Maxwell Shane  teleplay

Produced by
Maxwell Shane .... producer
Original Music by
Benny Carter 
Cinematography by
John F. Warren (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Hugh Chaloupka 
Art Direction by
Arthur Lonergan 
Set Decoration by
Carl J. Lawrence 
Makeup Department
Jack Barron .... makeup artist
Florence Bush .... hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Losee .... assistant director
Sound Department
Joe Lapis .... sound
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vincent Dee .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Richard G. Wray .... editorial supervisor
Music Department
Count Basie .... composer: theme music
Stanley Wilson .... music supervisor
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

30 min | 24 min (DVD)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Boy O Boy O Boy!, 15 January 2015
Author: kapelusznik18 from United States

***SPOILERS*** M Squad's Let. Det. Frank Ballinger, Lee Marvin,has his hands full here trying to get a former client, or better yet bust of his, the crazed demented and suicidal on the run murderer Freddie Cannell, Al Ruscio, to give himself up as well as release his hostage a young boy that he picked up, at a local McDonald, in the neighborhood! What was obvious to everyone but Ballinger and the police is that the boy that Cannell was holding hostage was no hostage at all but his 15 year old son Freddie Jr, Jimmy Baird! This stand-off between Cannell and the police goes on for hours with him and his boy hold up in this condemned tenement that's to be demolished to make room for the North-West Expressway.

Ballinger who was injured earlier in trying to get Cannell to give himself up now goes on his own up to the top floor of the condemned building to get Cannell to surrender or blast him as well as save Freddie Jr. But Freddie Jr seems to be acting as if he doesn't feel like he's in any danger at all from his dad but really from the police like Let.Det. Frank Ballinger!

****SPOILERS*** It's with Ballinger again putting himself in harms way, by Cannell catching and disarming him, that the young Freddie Jr. has a sudden change of heart in not wanting to stay with his mentally unstable dad in some kind of suicide pact and makes a break for it. Cannell now realizing that he's cooked and with no chance to escape by losing his free ticket out of this mess, his son Freddie Jr, decides to shoot it out with the police making himself an excellent target, by standing in front of an open window, for them to take target practice on. Ballinger who escaped by the skin of his teeth can only be grateful that Cannell was far too crazy to really do any real damage, like shoot him, which gladly for Ballinger lead to his own demise.

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