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The Lineup


The Lineup cast
Photo above is of Tom Tully and Warner Anderson

Series Description

The Lineup TV show was a crime drama series on CBS that aired for 30 minutes during its first five seasons and for 60 minutes during the final season. It was about two no nonsense members of the San Francisco police department who diligently pursued criminals of all types.

The Lineup Cast

Warner Anderson ................ Detective Lieutenant Ben Guthrie
Tom Tully ...................... Inspector Matt Grebb (Seasons 1-5)
Marshall Reed .................. Inspector Fred Asher (Seasons 1-5)
Rachel Ames .................... Officer Sandy McAllister
Tod Barton ..................... Inspector Charlie Summers (Season 6)
William Leslie ................. Inspector Dan Delaney (Season 6)
Skip Ward ...................... Officer Pete Larkin (Season 6)

The Lineup Trivia

    

There was a "The Lineup Radio Show" that aired from 1950-1953 on CBS radio that, due to its popularity, inspired this TV series. There can be little doubt that both series owe their production to the huge ratings success of NBC's "Dragnet Radio Show" and "Dragnet TV Show"! Audiences of the day apparently loved partner police shows just as much as we do today!

The TV version of The Lineup was very similar but not identical to the radio version. The crime fighting partners on the radio version were Bill Johnstone (who played "The Shadow" on the radio) and Wally Maher. Rather than in San Francisco, the radio show took place in an unnamed city only referred to as the "great American city". The character Matt Greb was a Detective Sergeant on the radio show but had to be changed to an Inspector for the TV show because of the fact that in the mid 1950s, the San Francisco Police Department's Bureau of Inspectors had no such rank as Detective Sergeant.

Warner Anderson and Tom Tully were not total strangers when they were cast on The Lineup. Eleven years earlier they starred in the 1943 movie, "Destination Tokyo"!

The Lineup was produced at Desilu Studios run by famed comedienne Lucille Ball and her husband/Cuban band leader Desi Arnaz who co-starred on the classic hit comedy series, "I Love Lucy". You might be surprised to know that Lucille and Desi also produced the hit series, "Star Trek" and "Mission Impossible" among others!

Tom Tully left the series after season 5. In a scramble to find a partner for Detective Guthrie, a series of actors were hired to fill the role. In all cases, the new actors were much younger than Tully and the relationship between the two crime fighting partners never quite reached the appeal of the original.

After the Lineup was canceled, reruns ran in syndication under the title, "San Francisco Beat".

Episodes List With Original Air Dates

The First Season

  1. The Paisley Gang (10/1/1954)
  2. Hit and Run (10/8/1954)
  3. John Doe 37 (10/15/1954)
  4. The Morgan Murder Case (10/22/1954)
  5. The Kenovak Murder Case (10/29/1954)
  6. Tappan and Long (11/5/1954)
  7. The Finley Case (11/12/1954)
  8. Cop Killer (11/19/1954)
  9. The Dunn Case (11/26/1954)
  10. Mexican Bandit (12/3/1954)
  11. Cop Shooting (12/10/1954)
  12. The Davis Murder Case (12/17/1954)
  13. The Christmas Story (12/24/1954)
  14. Dial 116 (12/31/1954)
  15. Roberts Dress Shop Robbery (1/7/1955)
  16. The Wildcat Case (1/14/1955)
  17. The Trussing Story (1/21/1955)
  18. The Submachine Gun Case (1/28/1955)
  19. The Danny Burke Case (2/4/1955)
  20. The Griswold Case (2/11/1955)
  21. The Paymaster Robbery (2/18/1955)
  22. The Sniper Case (2/25/1955)
  23. San Francisco Playboy (3/4/1955)
  24. The Joseph Dorsey Case (3/11/1955)
  25. Callow Car Stealing (3/18/1955)
  26. Girl Safecrackers (3/25/1955)
  27. The Ann Brennizer Case (4/1/1955)
  28. One Man Crime (4/8/1955)
  29. The Falling Out of Thieves (4/15/1955)
  30. The Mike Fielding Case (4/22/1955)
  31. The Theater Robbery Case (4/29/1955)
  32. The Assault Case (5/6/1955)
  33. The Messenger Case (5/13/1955)
  34. The Murphy Robbery Case (5/20/1955)
  35. The Hacker Case (5/27/1955)
  36. The Husky Slugger Case (6/3/1955)
  37. The Keating Case (6/10/1955)
  38. The Casino Case (6/17/1955)
  39. Shopwell Market Robberies (6/24/1955)

The Second Season

  1. The T.V. Case (9/30/1955)
  2. The Silk Stocking Case (10/7/1955)
  3. The Green Case (10/14/1955)
  4. The Mad Husband Case (10/21/1955)
  5. The Chinatown Case (10/28/1955)
  6. The Theatrical Bandit (11/4/1955)
  7. The Garrity Case (11/11/1955)
  8. The False Witness Case (11/18/1955)
  9. The Yeager Case (11/25/1955)
  10. The Dennis Case (12/2/1955)
  11. The Bloody Auto Case (12/9/1955)
  12. The Franklin Case (12/16/1955)
  13. The Boosting Case (12/23/1955)
  14. The Radio Case (12/30/1955)
  15. The Del Mar Case (1/6/1956)
  16. The Palko Case (1/13/1956)
  17. The Rosemary Conway Case (1/20/1956)
  18. The Willie Martin Case (1/27/1956)
  19. The Fencing Case (2/3/1956)
  20. The Abel Case (2/10/1956)
  21. The Barker Case (2/17/1956)
  22. The Johnston Case (2/24/1956)
  23. The Marston Case (3/2/1956)
  24. Murder in the Park (3/9/1956)
  25. The Design Case (3/16/1956)
  26. The White Case (3/23/1956)
  27. The Deadwood Case (3/30/1956)
  28. The Julian Case (4/6/1956)
  29. The Rodriguez Case (4/13/1956)
  30. The Dayton Case (4/20/1956)
  31. The Charley Case (4/27/1956)
  32. The Telephone Case (5/4/1956)
  33. The Harlan Case (5/11/1956)
  34. The Wharton Case (5/18/1956)
  35. The Delaney Case (5/25/1956)
  36. The Dogdon Case (6/1/1956)
  37. The Bombing Case (6/8/1956)
  38. The Spencer Case (6/15/1956)
  39. The Easy Case (6/22/1956)

The Third Season

  1. The Adams Case (9/28/1956)
  2. The Fisherman's Wharf Case (10/5/1956)
  3. The Ringing Bells Case (10/12/1956)
  4. The Sorenson Case (10/19/1956)
  5. The Motorcycle Case (10/26/1956)
  6. The Julius Caesar Case (11/2/1956)
  7. The Crazy Killer Case (11/9/1956)
  8. The Cosmopolitan Bunco Case (11/16/1956)
  9. The Madcap McGee Case (11/23/1956)
  10. The Paper Millionaire Case (11/30/1956)
  11. The Rancho Cordova Case (12/7/1956)
  12. The James Sunday Case (12/14/1956)
  13. The Adam Condon Case (12/28/1956)
  14. The Chinese Teapot Case (1/4/1957)
  15. The Toy Tiger Case (1/11/1957)
  16. The Ellis Garden Case (1/18/1957)
  17. The Missing Limousine Case (1/25/1957)
  18. The Juke Box Bandit Case (2/1/1957)
  19. The Armored Car Case (2/8/1957)
  20. The Robert Ericson Case (2/15/1957)
  21. The Bay Meadows Case (2/22/1957)
  22. The Walking Dead Man Case (3/1/1957)
  23. The Heinrich Menzel Case (3/8/1957)
  24. The Charlene Bleak Murder Case (3/15/1957)
  25. The Cherokee Rose Case (3/22/1957)
  26. The Question Mark Case (3/29/1957)
  27. The Sailor's Wife Case (4/5/1957)
  28. The Georgie Gillette Case (4/12/1957)
  29. The Robert Avery Case (4/26/1957)
  30. The Ambitious Peddler Case (5/3/1957)
  31. The Transom Burglar Case (5/10/1957)
  32. The Goode Case (5/17/1957)
  33. The Stanley Devlin Case (5/24/1957)
  34. The Unwelcome Visitor Case (5/31/1957)
  35. The Alfred Morgan Case (6/21/1957)

The Fourth Season

  1. The Fleet Queen Case (9/27/1957)
  2. The Security Officer Case (10/4/1957)
  3. The Honolulu Treasure Case (10/11/1957)
  4. The Phoney Witness Case (10/18/1957)
  5. The Missing Crime Case (10/25/1957)
  6. The Circus Malone Case (11/1/1957)
  7. The 17643 Case (11/8/1957)
  8. The Harger Jameson Case (11/15/1957)
  9. The Phantom Robber Case (11/22/1957)
  10. The Reluctant Addict Case (11/29/1957)
  11. The Missing Russian Hill Matron Case (12/6/1957)
  12. The Vacationing Escapee Case (12/13/1957)
  13. The Happy Janitor Case (12/20/1957)
  14. The Cut-up Cone-on Case (12/27/1957)
  15. The Donald Damen Case (1/3/1958)
  16. The Willard Peabody Case (1/10/1958)
  17. The Ash Blonde Model Case (1/17/1958)
  18. The Hot Shot Robbery Case (1/24/1958)
  19. The Fire Bug Case (1/31/1958)
  20. The Samuel Bradford Case (2/7/1958)
  21. The Pawn Ticket Case (2/14/1958)
  22. The Jealous Mambo Dancer Case (2/21/1958)
  23. The Scott Franklin Case (2/28/1958)
  24. The Louie Lawrence Case (3/7/1958)
  25. The George Case (3/14/1958)
  26. The Clarence Culver Case (3/21/1958)
  27. The Little Hero Case (3/28/1958)
  28. The Slowboat Murphy Case (4/11/1958)
  29. The Deacon Whitehall Case (4/18/1958)
  30. The Missing Scientist Case (5/2/1958)
  31. The High Fashion Case (5/16/1958)
  32. The Dr. George Jeremy Case (5/23/1958)
  33. The Samson Magill Case (5/30/1958)
  34. The G.I. Shoe Case (6/6/1958)
  35. The Glorietta Shakedown Case (6/20/1958)

The Fifth Season

  1. The Samuel McCutcheon Case (9/26/1958)
  2. The Big Score Case (10/3/1958)
  3. The Rufus Granger Case (10/10/1958)
  4. The Missing Cargo Case (10/17/1958)
  5. The Sarge Caldwell Case (10/24/1958)
  6. The Professional Guest Case (10/31/1958)
  7. The Chick Madison Case (11/7/1958)
  8. The Prester John Case (11/14/1958)
  9. The Vanishing Writer Case (11/21/1958)
  10. The Winners Takes Nothing Case (11/28/1958)
  11. The Scotty Waterford Case (12/5/1958)
  12. The Grady Gremlin Case (12/12/1958)
  13. The Girl Bandit (12/19/1958)
  14. The Veiled Lady Case (12/26/1958)
  15. The Rorschach Murder Case (1/2/1959)
  16. The Frederick Freemont Case (1/9/1959)
  17. The Final Punch Case (1/16/1959)
  18. The Boylston Billing Case (1/23/1959)
  19. The Corny Cassidy Case (1/30/1959)
  20. The Hamilton Harker Case (2/6/1959)
  21. The Charles Cleveland Case (2/13/1959)
  22. The Waterfront Romeo Case (2/20/1959)
  23. The Pigeon Drop Case (2/27/1959)
  24. The Garmen Millingham Case (3/6/1959)
  25. The Big Dan McGran Case (3/13/1959)
  26. The D. B. V. Cuddington Case (3/20/1959)
  27. The Trap Door Spider Case (3/27/1959)
  28. The Girls and Guns Case (4/3/1959)
  29. The Walking Firefly Case (4/10/1959)
  30. The Changeable Blonde Case (4/17/1959)
  31. The Chain Store Robbery Case (5/1/1959)
  32. The Murdered Blonde Case (5/8/1959)
  33. The Drugstore Cowgirl Case (5/15/1959)
  34. The Chloroform Murder Case (5/22/1959)
  35. The Daniel Leadley Case (5/29/1959)

The Sixth Season

  1. Wake Up to Terror (9/30/1959)
  2. The Strange Return of Army Armitage (11/25/1959)
  3. My Son Is a Stranger (10/14/1959)
  4. Death of a Puppet (10/21/1959)
  5. Thrills (10/28/1959)
  6. Prelude to Violence (11/4/1959)
  7. Run to the City (11/11/1959)
  8. Lonesome as Midnight (11/18/1959)
  9. The Counterfeit Citizens (12/9/1959)
  10. The Chinatown Story (12/9/1959)
  11. Vengeful Knife (12/16/1959)
  12. Prince of Penmen (1/1/1960)
  13. Woman on the Ledge (1/13/1960)
  14. Seven Sinners (1/20/1960)

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