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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1960   1959   1958   1957  
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Lee Marvin ...  Detective Lt. Frank Ballinger / ... 117 episodes, 1957-1960
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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Trivia

The show was inspired by the exploits of legendary Chicago crime fighter Detective Superintendent Joseph Morris. Detective Lieutenant Frank Pape, who worked for Morris, served as a Technical Advisor on the show, without getting credit, however, because of his active status within the Chicago Police Department, which banned police moonlighting. See more »

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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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Connections

Referenced in Remington Steele: Steele Spawning (1986) See more »

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M Squad
(theme 1957-1958)
Written by Stanley Wilson
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M Squad must for film noir fans
29 September 2005 | by mavin1620See all my reviews

M Squad is probably the only true film noir TV show ever shot. It was done with low camera angles and the most intense black and white photography with surprising lighting. As few shades of gray as possible were used. It needs to be viewed on a b/w TV for the full effect. It is an important work, and if the series still exists, it should be shown on PBS. Very intense drama. A good antidote to the sugary sweet shows like (two of my true favorites) Leave it to Beaver and Father Knows Best. Good shows, but the fifties were nasty, and the TV shows that you find on G4 or Nick are just not representative. It was a show that made the viewers uncomfortable, I have read. I a very thankful that my parents never took those parental rating seriously (yes, they had them then).


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 1957 (USA) See more »

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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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