M Squad (1957–1960)
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Gangster Tommy Hatch is wanted for murder, but the police have to keep him safe from other gangsters who want him dead before he can testify against them. Lt. Frank Ballinger is assigned to protect Hatch even though he despises him.

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Lt. Frank Ballinger
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Tommy Hatch
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Karen Peters
Paul Newlan ...
Police Capt. Grey
William Boyett ...
Detective Sgt. Harris
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Mike
Noreen Arnold ...
Molly Peters
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Ollie Purvis
George Byrnes ...
Harry Lionel
Paul Hahn ...
Officer Sam
John Culwell ...
Sweeney
Billy Nelson ...
Detective
Charles Perry ...
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Gangster Tommy Hatch is wanted for murder, but the police have to keep him safe from other gangsters who want him dead before he can testify against them. Lt. Frank Ballinger is assigned to protect Hatch even though he despises him.

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27 December 1957 (USA)  »

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A Great Example Of 'Film Noir'
17 February 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you enjoy the "edgy" dialog in a film noir, with wisecracks and insults one after the other, you'll love this particular episode of "M Squad." It's full of them; very entertaining stuff!

Whit Bissell is a name I've learned to recognize by watching TV shows from the late 1950s, ones that are now on DVD. It seemed like Bissell popped up everywhere, especially on westerns, and he was almost always one of the bad guys. However, he played his share of decent guys, too. It seems hardly a TV show went by that you wouldn't Bissell doing a guest-acting spot.

In here, he's a strange guy, a crook ("Tommy Hatch") but one whom the police are after but the mobsters are after even more. They think he's a stoolie. This is all making "Tommy" a nervous wreck" because it seems everyone is out to get him. He's dying for police protection, and gets it, yet insults Ballinger all the time. Frank is not happy with this assignment. "One more day of guarding this jerk and, if they don't kill, I will," he says.

He tells Tommy he's done after one more day of babysitting him. Tommy doesn't believe him.

"Ha ha, do I look like a sap?"

"Let's not go into that one," replies Ballinger.

Is Tommy doomed to die, as he says he is? You'll have to watch to find out, but the ending is very good, too. This whole episode is great.


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