M Squad: Season 3, Episode 1

Ten Minutes to Doomsday (18 Sep. 1959)

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M Squad hunts for a bomb before it blows up a hospital. Jonas Blecker, an embittered bank clerk who went to prison for dipping in the till to loan money to depositors down on their luck, ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Detective Lt. Frank Ballinger
Paul Newlan ...
Police Capt. Grey
James Bell ...
Jonas Blecker
Police Sgt. Smith
Ann Morrison ...
Mrs. Jonas Blecker
Francis De Sales ...
Dr. Arthur May
Jeanne Bates ...


M Squad hunts for a bomb before it blows up a hospital. Jonas Blecker, an embittered bank clerk who went to prison for dipping in the till to loan money to depositors down on their luck, wants to commemorate his 1st anniversary as a free man by killing the judge who gave him the maximum sentence. The judge is in Columbus Hospital for a delicate operation and he can't be moved. Written by David Stevens

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18 September 1959 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Those who plant bombs don't usually worry about things like that
26 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

***SPOILERS*** Just released from prison after an eight year stretch for embezzlement former bank executive Jonas Becker, James Bell, is determined to get even with the judge, Judge Brison, who sentenced him. Feeling that he got a raw deal from Judge Brison who threw the book at him Becker now plans to blow up the entire hospital where he's a patient in! Not caring about the three hundred persons, patients doctors and nurses, in the place Becker had planted a massive nitroglycerin bomb that can not only level the hospital but an entire city block!

It's M-Squad Det. Frank Ballinger, Lee Marvin, who was told by Becker's wife, Ann Morrison, about his crazed and dangerous plan and it's now up to him and the Chicago PD to track him down and get Becker to reveal where he planted the bomb before it goes off with a devastating fury. After getting Becker before he made his getaway he's interrogated by Ballinger so violently to the point that his heart gives out and soon drops dead from a massive heart attack!

***SPOILERS*** With time running out and nothing to go on in where the bomb was planted Ballinger gets a brake in Becker's shoes which had on them residue from chemicals he stepped on in a supply room where he planted the bomb in the hospital. It's now up to Let. Ballinger to get the bomb out of the hospital and drive , with a fellow cop behind the wheel, to nearby Lake Michigan and have it explode harmlessly in the water. But with only five minutes left before the bomb is to go off will Let. Ballinger have enough time to carry that off before he himself becomes a victim of the late Jonas Becker's murderous plan to get even for what an injustice, in his mind, Judge Brsion handed him!

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