Tear Gas Squad (1940)

55 mins | Drama | 4 May 1940

Director:

Terry Morse

Producer:

Bryan Foy

Cinematographer:

Sid Hickox

Production Designer:

Charles Novi

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

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

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

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
8 May 40
p. 3.
Film Daily
15 May 40
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Aug 39
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Aug 39
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Aug 39
p. 6-7.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Mar 40
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
8 Jun 40
p. 37.
New York Times
31 May 40
p. 15.
Variety
15 May 40
p. 16.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Warner Bros.--First National Picture
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Prod
Exec prod
Exec prod
WRITERS
Orig scr, Orig scr
Orig scr, Orig scr
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Film ed
COSTUMES
SOUND
SOURCES
SONGS
by M. K. Jerome and Jack Scholl.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
State Cop
Release Date:
4 May 1940
Production Date:
began mid August 1939
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
4 May 1940
Copyright Number:
LP9620
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
55
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
PCA No:
5752
Passed by NBR:
No
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. ... +


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. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Police


Subject

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Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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