The Man Behind the Badge

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The Man Behind the Badge
Genre Police drama
Developed by Prockter Television Enterprises
Directed by John Peyser, Paul Landres
Starring Charles Bickford (Host)
Theme music composer Melvyn Lenard
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 38
Executive producer(s) Bernard J. Prockter, Jerome C. Robinson
Editor(s) Fred W. Berger
Running time 30 mins.
Original channel CBS
Picture format 1.33:1 monochrome
Audio format monaural
Original release October 11, 1953 – September 4, 1955

The Man Behind the Badge is the title of a half-hour American television police drama series which aired on the CBS network from 1953-1955 starring and hosted by character actor Charles Bickford. Years later, Bickford appeared as one of the owners of Shiloh Ranch in the NBC western series, The Virginian.

In its first season, The Man Behind the Badge aired on Sundays at 9:30 p.m. EST opposite ABC's Jukebox Jury.[1]


The series is based on real crime stories from around the world.

Recurring Roles and Notable Guest Stars:

Actor Role Appearances
Norman Rose Himself 33 episodes
Charles Bronson Ralph "The Case of the Invisible Mark" (1955)
Paul Brinegar 3 episodes
Sam Flint 3 episodes
Carolyn Jones Louise "The Case of the Desperate Moment" (1955)
Ann McCrea Laura "The Case of the One-Armed Bandits" (1955)
Paul Newman "The St. Paul Story" (1953)
Leslie Nielson 2 episodes
Anthony Perkins 2 episodes
Lillian Powell 3 episodes
Denver Pyle Detective Lashley "The Case of the Crying Lady" (1955)
Jason Robards "The Case of the Last Escape" (1954)
Lee Van Cleef Floyd "The Case of the Desperate Moment" (1955)
Jack Warden "The Portland, Oregon Story" (1953)


  1. ^ Alex McNeil, Total Television, appendix, network television schedule

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