M Squad (1957–1960)
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The Specialists 

When a hired gunman gets himself tossed in jail following a fistfight, Lt. Frank Ballinger takes his place undercover as protection for a group of three businessmen who meet once a year to commit a specialized crime.

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Lt. Frank Ballinger
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Richard Lowell
Douglas Evans ...
Thomas Mennan
Jan Arvan ...
Carrafee
Kem Dibbs ...
Louie Ferrante
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Nick Arnold
Charles Evans ...
Police Captain
Peg La Centra ...
Mrs. Lowell
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Police Lab Officer Halligan
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Police Sgt. Ferguson
Mark Dunhill ...
Hotel Desk Clerk
Frances Osborne ...
Hotel Cashier
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When a hired gunman gets himself tossed in jail following a fistfight, Lt. Frank Ballinger takes his place undercover as protection for a group of three businessmen who meet once a year to commit a specialized crime.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Not Rated
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13 December 1957 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Ballinger was here
11 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

***SPOILERS*** Getting a tip from one of his underworld connections that a trio of safe crackers posing as out of town businessmen are in town to pull their annual heist Let. Det. Franbk Ballinger, Lee Marvin, decides to go undercover as strong-arm man Frank DeSantas to provide them with protection. At first everything goes like clockwork as the three plan their big job of ripping off $150,000.00 of jewelry in the exclusive Golden Coast section of Chicago. That's until Ballinger, totally alone without any back-up, pull out his revolver in attempting to arrest them only to get clobbered from behind by one of the crooks who all end up getting away with the stolen jewels.

Hurt & embarrassed in what happened Ballinger is now determined to capture the trio not just to have them pay for their crime but to repair his damaged ego as well as cracked skull. With the three safe crackers Berry Evens & Arvan, Richard Lowell Thomas Mennan & John Carrafee, covering their tracks Ballinger was still able to find out their names, by associating with them, and the hotel that their staying at and have them arrested or held for questioning.

***SPOILERS*** Just when everything look hopeless with the trio about to be released and leave town up pops Lowell's old lady, Peg De Centra, and as if on cue she's wearing one of the stolen items, a diamond ring, from the trio's latest safe cracking heist in the Gold Coast section of Chicago! This saved Det. Let. Ballinger from looking like an inept bozo as well as finally put the trio of safe crackers behind bars!


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