The Lineup (1954)

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The Lineup (1954)

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The Lineup is a cop show cut from the same cloth as Dragnet, except without Jack Webb's speeches. Light on characterizations, the show focuses on the procedural work of the San Francisco Police Department in solving various crimes. Heading the investigations were Det. Lt. Ben Guthrie (played by Warner Anderson, who was with the series its entire run), Inspector Matt Grebb and support from Inspector Fred Asher. The series was a Desilu production and shot on their studio lot in Hollywood. Location work in San Francisco increased significantly following the first season, up to six weeks worth each year. Unlike most shows, Lineup grew in popularity later in its run, enough so that CBS wanted to expand it to an hour for its sixth season. Lengthening this show was it's undoing. Marjeff Production took over from Desilu and the series was moved from its successful Wednesday night time period to Fridays and competition from Wagon Train. A batch of young cops were added and actor Tom Tully departed, breaking up the Guthrie/Grebb team; he wasn't interested in taking a diminished role, though he did make a few guest appearances in the final year. The combination of those factors led to cancellation in January 1960. The Lineup was nominated for a 1956 Emmy Award as "Best Action or Adventure Series" and proved popular in syndication under the title San Francisco Beat. Editor's Note: Accurate detailing this series has proven tough because of the annoying habit of using different titles to describe the same episode. (Plus, some titles were renamed for syndication.) This must have happened in the network's publicity/press release department, resulting in newspaper listings for a specific date having different titles in different papers, and some detailing the subplot rather than the main plot of the episode. When in doubt as to the actual title airing on a date, the title is given as "Unknown".moreless
Tom Tully

Tom Tully

Inspector Matt Grebb [1954-1959]

Marshall Reed

Marshall Reed

Inspector Fred Asher [1954-1959]

Skip Ward

Skip Ward

Officer Pete Larkin [1959-1960]

Warner Anderson

Warner Anderson

Det. Lt. Ben Guthrie

Rachel Ames

Rachel Ames

Policewoman Sandy McAllister [1959-1960]

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