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Tear Gas Squad (1940)

Approved | | Drama, Music | 4 May 1940 (USA)
Nightclub singer becomes police cadet to impress blond female from police family, ends up with her current dating partner as his cadet trainer.

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Terry O. Morse (as Terry Morse)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dennis Morgan ... Tommy McCabe
John Payne ... Bill Morrissey
Gloria Dickson ... Jerry Sullivan
George Reeves ... Joe McCabe
Frank Wilcox ... Sgt. Crump
Herbert Anderson ... Pliny Jones
Julie Stevens Julie Stevens ... Lois
Harry Shannon ... Lt. Sullivan
Mary Gordon ... Mrs. Sullivan
William Gould ... Capt. Henderson
John Hamilton ... Chief Ferris
Edgar Buchanan ... Cousin Andy
Dick Rich Dick Rich ... Cousin Pat
William Hopper ... George (as DeWolf Hopper)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Cagney ... Rocky Sullivan (archive footage)
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Storyline

Druggist Joe McCabe foils a robbery, and his brother Tommy decides to join the state police in order to impress Joe and Tommy's new date, Jerry, a policeman's daughter. When the robbers exact revenge on Joe, Tommy hunts them down. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Genres:

Drama | Music

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

State Cop See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Tucson Thursday 20 September 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9); it first aired in Albuquerque Monday 1 October 1956 on KOAT (Channel 7), in Boston Wednesday 14 November 1956 on WBZ (Channel 4), in Salt Lake City Tuesday 15 January 1957 on KUTV (Channel 2), and in Indianapolis Sunday 6 March 1957 on WFBM (Channel 6). See more »

Goofs

During a motorcycle chase, an oil derrick is passed. This movie is set in New York City, where there were no oil discoveries. See more »

Connections

Edited from Angels with Dirty Faces (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

The Song Is the Thing
(uncredited)
Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Played during the opening credits
Sung by Dennis Morgan and the police glee club
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"Why, for you, I'd even be a fireman."
24 May 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Nightclub crooner Dennis Morgan joins the police academy to impress pretty blonde policeman's daughter Gloria Dickson. Cop John Payne is also sweet on Gloria and, as movie luck would have it, he winds up as Morgan's trainer at the academy. Nice little B movie with a misleading title. There's no tear gas squad, although tear gas does play a part in the final minutes of the picture.

Morgan's somewhat miscast but does get to sing some songs, which is primarily what they paid him for. Poor John Payne has to play O'Brien to Morgan's Cagney. Nice supporting cast includes many future TV stars: Edgar Buchanan (Petticoat Junction), William Hopper (Perry Mason), Herbert Anderson (Dennis the Menace), George Reeves and John Hamilton (Adventures of Superman). Director Terry O. Morse would go on to direct the American footage for the first Godzilla. Not a bad movie of its type and a decent way to kill an hour.


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