M Squad: Season 1, Episode 7

The Matinee Trade (8 Nov. 1957)

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Lt. Frank Ballinger investigates the case of a gambling ring and its connection to an unidentified police officer. The deeper into the investigation he gets, the more Ballinger becomes concerned that the crooked cop may be an old friend.

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Lt. Frank Ballinger
Barry Atwater ...
Police Sgt. Bart Wylander
Natalie Norwick ...
Nancy McAdams Wylander
Robert Burton ...
Gus Kelso
Paul Newlan ...
Police Capt. Grey
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Johnny Roscoe
William Boyett ...
Detective Sgt. Harris
Evelyn Scott ...
Lilly Blaney
Anthony Lawrence ...
Henchman Bosack
Alan Reynolds ...
Cop
Bob Whitney ...
Cop (as Robert Whitney)
Jimmy Cross ...
Lookout
Elizabeth Slifer ...
Irate Woman Gambler (as Lizz Slifer)
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Lt. Frank Ballinger investigates the case of a gambling ring and its connection to an unidentified police officer. The deeper into the investigation he gets, the more Ballinger becomes concerned that the crooked cop may be an old friend.

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Who's The Crook? He, She Or Both?
29 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"It's a rare crime that provides misery for just one person," Lee Marvin, as Det. Frank Ballinger, says in the beginning of this story about bookies and women who frequent these parlors in the afternoon.

"A lady gambler, and gambling ladies: another headache for the Chicago police," laments Ballinger,

In one of the Chicago precincts, there are no police reports about any of the bookie operations and Capt. Grey" (Paul Newlan) is getting suspicious. He thinks one of his cops could be on the take - a horrible thought, but the most likely reason why things are so quiet. He has one guy in particularly in mind, and assigns Ballinger (series star Lee Marvin) to go check this out.

By the way, this particular bookie setup is mainly for women, who frequent it in the afternoon (but men come in, too.) That's why they call it "The Matinée Crowd."

The first thing frank does is follow the cop to his too luxurious apartment. He pretends its a social visit, of course, to meet the guy's new wife, who seems like a very sweet lady. Could she be mixed up with this cop's dirty laundry? Is the cop dirty? Frank likes him, but this guy's living far out of his means....and it doesn't look good.

Barry Atwater and Natalie Norwick are good as Bart and Nancy Wylander. Bart is the suspected cop but the more Frank investigates, the more it looks like she's the criminal, not him! Could it be? This was an interesting episode, something a bit different. Lee Marvin's narration was great.


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