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
Rachel Ames

Rachel Ames

Policewoman Sandy McAllister [1959-1960]

Marshall Reed

Marshall Reed

Inspector Fred Asher [1954-1959]

Tom Tully

Tom Tully

Inspector Matt Grebb [1954-1959]

Skip Ward

Skip Ward

Officer Pete Larkin [1959-1960]

Tod Barton

Tod Barton

Inspector Charlie Summers [1959-1960]

Warner Anderson

Warner Anderson

Det. Lt. Ben Guthrie

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  • The Lineup (San Francisco Beat)

    8.0
    We received our first TV in 1952, I was 10 at the time. After 5pm the TV was the domain of the parents and what they wanted was what was watched. The Lineup was one of my dad's favorite shows and mom loved Arthur Godfrey (UGH!).

    In spite of all the broo-hah about Dragnet and Joe Friday at the time I thought the Lineup had superior acting to Dragnet; much of the dialog being monotone and obviously not scripted well.

    I liked the original theme song when it was a ZIV production; DesiLu reorchestrated and ruined it.moreless
  • Lineup was one one of the best shows of the 50s. I liked it even better than Dragnet.

    8.0
    Line up was always one of my favorite TV shows. However even if I hadn't of liked the show, I would have watched it anyway, just to see and hear Marshall Reed (Fred Asher) each week. He was soooo handsome and had such a d r e a m y voice. I still have the 8x10 glossy he send me in 1958 autographed, "Sincere Best Wishes - Marshall Reed." I do wish I could find more information on him as well as some photos. The few pictures of him anywhere on the Internet are not real good ones, but the one he sent me still makes me swoon. He really made the show, even though he didn't have a very big part.moreless

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