The Lineup (TV series)
Marshall Reed as Fred Asher and Donna Martel
|Also known as||San Francisco Beat|
|Written by||E. Jack Neuman
|Directed by||William Asher
Harold D. Schuster
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||6|
|No. of episodes||190|
Jaime Del Valle
|Running time||30 mins. (1954-1959)
60 mins. (1960)
|Original run||October 1, 1954– January 20, 1960|
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.
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, #16 in 1956-1957 and #18 in 1957-1958. 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. CBS cancelled the series in midseason.
- 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).
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.