The hard-hitting adventures of tough Lieutenant Frank Ballinger, a member of the Chicago Police Department's M Squad, an elite crime-fighting unit.
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Lee Marvin ...  Detective Lt. Frank Ballinger / ... 117 episodes, 1957-1960
Paul Newlan Paul Newlan ...  Police Capt. Grey 103 episodes, 1957-1960
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Storyline

Captain Grey headed an elite Detective squad in the Chicago, Illinois Police Department dedicated to fighting organized crime. Lieutenant Frank Ballinger was one of the police officers who worked alone to arrest the villains. Written by J.E. McKillop <jack-mckillop@worldnet.att.net>

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ballinger de Chicago See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(117 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

An episode featuring a Chicago cop taking a bribe led to Mayor Richard J. Daley banning any television show or film from doing any shooting in Chicago at all. That ban was later broken with the filming of The Blues Brothers (1980). See more »

Quotes

Lt. Frank Ballinger: [spoken in voiceover near beginning of each episode, as he tells audience about a recently committed crime] My name is Frank Ballinger, detective-lieutenant, M Squad, a special detail of the Chicago police.
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Soundtracks

Theme From M Squad
Composed by Count Basie (from September 1958)
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Great series...I loved it when I was a kid.
12 October 1999 | by DH (CityofNY)See all my reviews

If you take a good look at this series, you realize that "Police Squad" is its weird son. If there is a difference between Leslie Neilson's character and Lee Marvin's hard bitten cop, only your funnybone could tell. As such, this series should be seen in a new light..just after an episode of "Police Squad" or a "Naked Gun" movie. But...the best jazz theme song ever.


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