M Squad: Season 1, Episode 18

The Long Ride (24 Jan. 1958)

TV Episode  -   -  Drama | Crime
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When a convicted murderer gets the upper hand on Lieutenant Ballinger during a train ride back to Chicago, his last best hope for recapturing the felon is the persistence of an alert young boy.

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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
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Lt. Frank Ballinger
Joe Maross ...
Carl Warfield
Nancy Hale ...
Passenger
Benny Baker ...
Dutch
Ann Morrison ...
Mother
Tiger Fafara ...
Tommy
Frank J. Scannell ...
Plainclothesman in Warfield's Room (as Frank Scannell)
William Lally ...
Conductor
Gordon Mills ...
Det. Warren
Frank Sully ...
Officer Ed Grady
Clark Howat ...
Plainclothesman in Courthouse
David Gorcey ...
Telegraph Agent
Don Blackman ...
Porter
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When a convicted murderer gets the upper hand on Lieutenant Ballinger during a train ride back to Chicago, his last best hope for recapturing the felon is the persistence of an alert young boy.

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Drama | Crime

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Shades Of 'The Narrow Margin'
22 February 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just like the last episode had an early "Boston Strangler" look to it, so this one had "Narrow Margin" written all over it, except our hero "Frank Ballinger " (Lee Marvin) is transporting the crook on the train. We also have a very nice wholesome woman and a little boy. Do they play roles similar to the 1950 film noir (and 1990 re-make)?

The answer is "no" but I won't say anymore because this is a very suspenseful story and even Ballinger admits - at one point - he's a goner; there is no way out of this jam. There is a ton of tension in this story, as there was in "The Narrow Margin." The only negative is that the writers must have thought, "Holy cow, we only have 30 seconds left" because the ending really is rushed. As a viewer, you say, "Huh?"

Joe Maross is very good as the main villain, "Carl Warfield." He matches series star Lee Marvin for wisecracks and toughness all the way. The battle between the two is always interesting.

Note: Tiger Fafara, who plays the boy Tommy, was a regular for a couple of seasons on "Leave It To Beaver." Fafara played Beaver's friend "Tooey."


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