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 run 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 Vrginian.

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
Paul Brinegar (years later on Rawhide) Brant 3 episodes
Sam Flint Bank manager 3 episodes
Lillian Powell Mrs. Flint 3 episodes


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

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