Tear Gas Squad


55m 1940
Tear Gas Squad

Brief Synopsis

A brave young policeman single-handedly takes on a vicious criminal gang.

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Film Details

Also Known As
State Cop
Genre
Romance
Drama
Crime
Release Date
May 4, 1940
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
55m
Sound
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6 reels

Synopsis

When wounded robber Rocks Dawson demands to be treated by pharmacist Joe McCabe, Joe arrests the robber and becomes a hero. Joe is the younger brother of nightclub singer Tommy McCabe, whose act includes a parody of a police officer. Tommy's cavalier attitude toward the police department raises the ire of audience member Jerry Sullivan, who invites Tommy to her house for dinner. When Tommy calls on Jerry, he is embarrassed to learn that her father and cousins are all police officers, but wins the family over with his rendition of "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling." Falling in love with Jerry, Tommy foresakes performing to join the police academy, where he is assigned to instructor Sergeant Bill Morrissey, his rival for Jerry's affections. Tommy's insubordination irritates Bill, and consequently, after graduation, Tommy is assigned to the police glee club. When Bill opposes Tommy's request for a transfer, Tommy socks Bill and is suspended from the force. Meanwhile, Jerry has fallen in love with Tommy, who visits Joe at the pharmacy to tell him the good news. While the brothers are talking, members of Rock Dawson's gang break in and kill Joe to avenge Rock's arrest. The gang has been conducting a murderous rampage, and the police are hot on their trail. Out of compassion, Jerry's father allows Tommy to accompany him to the factory district where his brother's killers are trapped. As Bill enters the compound, he is taken hostage by the gang. Tommy convinces Lieutenant Sullivan to give him five minutes to capture the killers, and climbs into the building, saves Bill and brings the killers to justice. For his bravery, Tommy is reinstated in the police force, thus rewarding Jerry's faith in him.

Film Details

Also Known As
State Cop
Genre
Romance
Drama
Crime
Release Date
May 4, 1940
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
55m
Sound
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6 reels

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Tear Gas Squad


Though Dennis Morgan had been kicking around Hollywood since 1936, picking up paychecks on Poverty Row and for such big studios as Paramount, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and Warner Brothers, he was announced as a "big new star" for Tear Gas Squad (1940), a curious hybrid of musical comedy and police procedural. The 55-minute B-feature hews closely to the tradition of Warners' "G" Men (1935) and MGM's Code Two (1953), telling the tale of an irreverent police cadet on the rocky road toward being a good cop. Joining the force only to impress a cop's daughter, cabaret crooner Morgan excels in the glee club (singing four songs along the way) until the mob murder of his pharmacist brother prompts him to join the good fight for law and order. Tear Gas Squad benefits from a rich cast of character actors who later found steady work on TV, among them Herbert Anderson of Dennis the Menace, William Hopper of Perry Mason, Edgar Buchannan of Petticoat Junction and both George Reeves and John Hamilton of The Adventures of Superman). Director Terry Morse is best remembered for directing the wraparound American footage starring Raymond Burr that was added to the US release of Japan's Godzilla, King of the Monsters (1956).

By Richard Harland Smith
Tear Gas Squad

Tear Gas Squad

Though Dennis Morgan had been kicking around Hollywood since 1936, picking up paychecks on Poverty Row and for such big studios as Paramount, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and Warner Brothers, he was announced as a "big new star" for Tear Gas Squad (1940), a curious hybrid of musical comedy and police procedural. The 55-minute B-feature hews closely to the tradition of Warners' "G" Men (1935) and MGM's Code Two (1953), telling the tale of an irreverent police cadet on the rocky road toward being a good cop. Joining the force only to impress a cop's daughter, cabaret crooner Morgan excels in the glee club (singing four songs along the way) until the mob murder of his pharmacist brother prompts him to join the good fight for law and order. Tear Gas Squad benefits from a rich cast of character actors who later found steady work on TV, among them Herbert Anderson of Dennis the Menace, William Hopper of Perry Mason, Edgar Buchannan of Petticoat Junction and both George Reeves and John Hamilton of The Adventures of Superman). Director Terry Morse is best remembered for directing the wraparound American footage starring Raymond Burr that was added to the US release of Japan's Godzilla, King of the Monsters (1956). By Richard Harland Smith

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The working title of this picture was State Cop. The Variety review credits Ernest Nims with editing, although onscreen credits list Louis Hesse as editor. According to a news item in Hollywood Reporter, actress Julie Stevens, who plays "Lois" in the film, was discovered at the Pasadena Playhouse.