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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13 December 1957 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Undercover Job
8 October 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

M-SQUAD – The Specialists -1957

This is episode twelve of the 1957 to 1960 Crime series, M-SQUAD. The series ran for 117 episodes and features Lee Marvin as the headliner. Marvin is a Lt with the elite M-Squad unit of the Chicago Police.

This episode has Police Lt Lee Marvin going undercover as a hired gunman. A gunsel, Kem Dibbs, is picked up on an assault beef and offers up some info for a get out of jail card. He has been hired to supply protection to a trio of out of town crooks coming to Chicago.

The trio meet once a year and pull off a high end score before melting back to their hometowns. They plan every detail of the score before they move. The hired muscle is brought along just in case.

Marvin makes the meet instead of Dibbs and soon convinces the trio, Douglas Evans, Jan Arven and Dave Barry he is their man. Marvin is to make contact with M-Squad when he gets the robbery details. That idea goes nowhere as Marvin is kept with the trio till heist time.

They hit the home of a wealthy, gone for the weekend, couple and start to crack their wall safe. Marvin now reveals himself as a Policeman, and orders the men to surrender. The one man gets in a lucky punch in on Marvin knocking him unconscious. The trio then finish the job and split.

Marvin comes to and calls in the incident as he rubs the back of his head. Marvin can identify the crooks by sight, so he hits the mug shot books for a look. No luck there, or with the fingerprint boys. The three crooks wiped the place clean before leaving.

M-Squad starts beating the bushes at all the local hotels on the chance they might get lucky. Marvin hits gold at one of the hotels and soon all three suspects are being questioned. All three deny ever seeing Marvin before and ask what proof the Police have. The Squad catches a break when the wife of Barry shows. The woman, Peg La Centra, just happens to be wearing one of the stolen rings.

Marvin and the Squad are all smiles as they pull out their cuffs.

The cast includes, Gil Perkins, Clark Howat, Charles Evans and in a non-villain role for a change, Richard Devon. (b/w)


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