The Lineup (TV series)

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The Lineup
Marshall Reed and Donna Martell - The Lineup.jpg
Marshall Reed as Fred Asher and Donna Martel
Also known as San Francisco Beat
Genre Police drama
Written by E. Jack Neuman
Sidney Marshall
Joseph Petracca
Directed by William Asher
Earl Bellamy
Seymour Berns
Thomas Carr
Paul Henreid
Hollingsworth Morse
Don Siegel
Harold D. Schuster
Starring Warner Anderson
Tom Tully
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 6
No. of episodes 190
Producer(s) Cecil Baker
Jaime Del Valle
Robert Sparks
Running time 30 mins. (1954-1959)
60 mins. (1960)
Original channel CBS
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original run October 1, 1954 (1954-10-01) – January 20, 1960 (1960-01-20)

The Lineup is an American police drama which aired on CBS radio from 1950 to 1953 and on CBS television from 1954 to 1960.

Syndicated reruns of the series were broadcast under the title San Francisco Beat.


The radio version depicted the investigations of Lieutenant Ben Guthrie (played by Bill Johnstone, one of several actors to play The Shadow on radio) and Sergeant Matt Greb (played by Wally Maher until his death on December 27, 1951), later replaced by Sergeant Pete Carger (played by Jack Moyles), detectives in the police force of an unnamed "great American city."

The television version was set specifically in San Francisco and was produced with the cooperation of the San Francisco Police Department, which received a credit at the close of each episode. It starred Warner Anderson as Guthrie and Tom Tully as Grebb, who was now an Inspector instead of a Sergeant because, at the time the series was made, there was no such rank as Sergeant in the Bureau of Inspectors, SFPD's investigative division; and a full Inspector was the closest equivalent to the generic Detective Sergeant the character had been on radio. The TV version, a CBS Television Production, was filmed on location, using Desilu's production facilities.

In the final season, the show expanded to an hour, and the Grebb character was replaced by a number of younger officers. They included William Leslie as Inspector Dan Delaney, Tod Barton as Inspector Charlie Summers, Skip Ward as Officer Pete Larkin and Rachel Ames as Policewoman Sandy McAllister.[1]

The Lineup earned an Emmy nomination for Best Action or Adventure Series in 1956. It was a top 20 hit in the ratings for its second through fourth seasons - #17 in 1955-1956,[2] #16 in 1956-1957[3] and #18 in 1957-1958.[4] In the fall of 1959, it moved from Fridays at 10-10:30 p.m. Eastern and Pacific to Thursdays at 7:30-8:30 p.m. Eastern and Pacific, where it fell victim to the huge success of Wagon Train airing opposite it on NBC.[5] CBS cancelled the series in midseason.

Guest stars[edit]

  • Russ Conway appeared in "The Robert Avery Case" (1957) and "The Missing Cargo Case" (1958).
  • Walter Coy appeared as an actor in "The Murdered Blonde Case" (May 8, 1959).
  • Ron Hagerthy appeared in both "The Toy Tiger Case" and then as John Oakhurst in "The Security Officer Case" (1957).
  • Rodolfo Hoyos, Jr., guest starred as Luis Gonzalez in "The Reluctant Addict Case" (1957).
  • Douglas Kennedy appeared in "The Charles Cleveland Case" (1959) and "The Drugstore Cowgirl Case" (1959).
  • Nan Leslie was cast three times: "The Chick Madison Case" (1958) and "The Pigeon Drop Case" and "The Girls and Guns Case (both 1959).
  • Joyce Meadows appeared as Paula Adams in "The Boylston Billing Case" (1959).
  • Gloria Saunders appeared twice, in the episodes "The Silk Stocking Case" (1955) and "The Ambitious Peddler Case" (1957).

Film version[edit]

The film The Lineup, based on the series, was released in 1958 by Columbia Pictures, with Eli Wallach in the starring role. It was directed by Don Siegel, who had also directed "The Paisley Gang", pilot episode of the television series.


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