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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Lineup, The


The Lineup is a Police drama following step-by-step the investigations of the San Francisco Police Department giving the radio audience a behind the scenes look of the police headquarters. The stories were often based on true events, taken from newspaper reports. The Lineup came across as a top notch series. Listeners were treated to realistic situations and felt some of the vic­tim's anguish as they viewed the lineup.

The first broadcast took place on July 6, 1950 over CBS. It lasted until 1953. Bill Johnstone played Lieutenant Ben Guthrie and Wally Maher was Sergeant Matt Grebb. This  program attracted some  pretty good backup actors like Howard McNear, Jeanette Nolan, Raymond Burr and Sheldon Leonard.

After the end of the series it was reborn on TV in 1954 under the same title (later changed to San Francisco Beat).

Some shows are listed as (a) or (b)  representing two encodes, one usually of higher quality.

High Quality Shows
These shows are  (HQ @ 256-44) transferred from from a private collection. The shows in the set above include these, but were encoded at lower bit rate for ease of transfer.

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