Police Drama (July 6, 1950 – February 20, 1953)
The Lineup is a realistic police drama that gives radio audiences a look behind the scenes at police headquarters. Bill Johnstone plays Lt. Ben Guthrie, a quiet, calm-as-a-cupcake cucumber. Joseph Kearns and later Wally Maher (1951 to 1953) plays Sgt. Matt Grebb, a hot-tempered hot plate who is easily bored.
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The director and script writer often rode with police on the job and sat in on the police lineups to get ideas for The Lineup. They also read dozens of newspapers daily and intermeshed real stories with those that they used in the show.
With Dragnet a smash hit, realism in police dramas was popular at the time this show aired. Don't be caught without this old time radio show in your collection!
See also the true crime story series: Dragnet, Did Justice Triumph, Official Detective, Tales of the Texas Rangers, Border Patrol, Up for Parole, Calling All Cars, Call the Police, and Unit 99