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The Line-Up Radio Program

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Wrigley's Doublemint gum co-sponsored much of The Line-Up's run
Wrigley's Doublemint gum co-sponsored much of The Line-Up's run

Chrysler used The Line-Up to promote its Plymouth Line-Up for 1952
Chrysler used The Line-Up to promote its Plymouth Line-Ups for 1951 and 1952

It wasn't much of a stretch to mate The Line-Up with automobile sponsors. Ford chimed in for 1952 as well.
It wasn't much of a stretch to mate The Line-Up with automobile sponsors. Ford chimed in for 1952 as well.

Background

The Line-Up stands as one of the most well-produced crime dramas of The Golden Age of Radio. The cast is comprised of top-tier, A-List talent from top to bottom. With Elliott Lewis directing his cast of some of the finest voice talent of the era--and top-drawer sound technicians to match--this series remains one of the best examples of the Crime Drama genre. Think of Calling All Cars, minus the jingoistic flag-waving, updated to contemporary 1950s crime themes, and peppered with the more authentic radio-verité atmospherics of Unit 99, Night Watch, and Dragnet, and you have The Line-Up.

It's also been one of the most difficult series to collect over the years. The good news is that with new episodes surfacing each year, there's every possibility that we'll soon have a complete run of the series to enjoy in its entirety.

Bill Johnstone gives his usual solid performance as Lieutenant Ben Guthrie of the San Francisco Police Department. He's aided for the first year of the run by the equally solid Wally Maher, with his gritty, sardonic voice characterizations. The stellar list of non-recurring talent represents some of the most respected names in Radio--and Television: Raymond Burr, Jay Novello, Joe Kearns, Elliott Lewis, Virginia Gregg, Ed Begley, Bill Bouchey, Herb Butterfield, Barton Yarborough, Wilms Herbert, Jeanette Nolan, Ted de Corsia, Howard McNear and Bill Conrad. It just doesn't get better than that.

The premise of each episode is prefaced with a gritty, highly realistic line-up, replete with background atomospherics and actors realistically speaking over each other, but with an underlying investigation--or two--under discussion below the background noise of the introductory line-up and exposition. The subject matter of each episode was hard-hitting, often harsh, but highly realistic criminal sub-plots.

The series is also remembered for the loss of one of Radio's finest and most popular voice talents. Wally Maher, still a relatively young man, had lost a lung to a protracted illness just months before the series first aired. By just over a year into The Line-Up's run, Maher was again hospitalized and passed away during that hospitalization. Raymond Burr, who'd already been introduced in a couple of semi-recurring roles, added his talent to The Line-Up for the remainder of its run in an effort to make up for the loss of Wally Maher.

By the early 1950s, Television's own Crime Dramas were taking root and offering greater and greater competition to the Crime Drama genre, especially. Crime Dramas, as contrasted with Detective Dramas had become more and more documentary in style and substance, on Radio, Film, and Television. The public's desire for even more realistic depictions of Crime Dramas fueled their greater success on Television versus Radio, and the crime drama genre began to lose its long-standing attraction over Radio.

Detective and Mystery Dramas, by contrast, could continue to create as highly stylized and convoluted plots as ever on Radio, and thus remained a significant presence over Radio for another eight to ten years. But it was becoming clear that Television was fast learning how to capture the imagination of Radio listeners, and the days of Radio's media dominance were clearly nearing their end.

The Line-Up made its way to Television in 1954, first airing as The Line-Up, then as San Francisco Beat.

Series Derivatives:

Police Line-up [Audition]; Armed Forces Radio Service [AFRTS] Series END-340; The Line-Up [Television]; San Francisco Beat [Television]
Genre: Anthology of Golden Age Radio Crime Dramas
Network(s): Columbia Broadcasting System, The AFRTS, and several other local affiliates and networks.
Audition Date(s) and Title(s): 50-05-07 [Aud] The Anita Cameron Case [as Police Line-up]
Premiere Date(s) and Title(s): 50-07-06 01 Three Young Girls Murdered
Run Dates(s)/ Time(s): 1950 Summer Run: 50-07-06 – 50-08-24; CBS; One-hundred thirty, 30-minute programs; at the following days and times (approx)
Thu, 8 pm (Initial summer replacement for FBI In Peace and War)
1950 September Run: 50-09-02 – 50-09-23, Sat, 8:30 pm
50-09-28 - 51-03-01 Run: Thursday
51-03-06 - 51-07-03 Run: Tuesday, 10:00 pm
51-07-12 – 51-08-23 Run: Thursday, 9:00 pm
51-09-05 – 51-09-26 Run: Wednesday, 9:00 pm
51-10-04 – 51-12-27 Run: Thursday, 10:00 pm
52-01-08 – 52-08-05 Run: Tuesday, 10:00 pm and 9:00 pm
52-09-10 - 52-11-26 Run: Wednesday, 10:00 pm
52-12-12 - 53-02-20 Run: Friday, 8:30 pm
Syndication: AFRS
Sponsors: Wrigley; 1951, 1952 and 1953 Plymouth; 1952 Ford; U.S. Army and Air Force
Director(s): Elliott Lewis, Jaime Del Valle [Producers/Directors]
Principal Actors: William Johnstone as Lieutenant Ben Guthrie, Joe Kearns and Wally Maher as Detective Sergeant Matt Grebb. Non-Recurring: Jester Hairston, Raymond Burr, William Conrad, Elliott Lewis, Virginia Gregg, Jay Novello, Francis X Bushman, John McIntire, Howard McNear, Clayton Post, Ed Begley, Sidney Miller, Joseph Du Val, Bill Bouchey, Herb Butterfield, Barton Yarborough, Sammie Hill, Mary Lansing, Wilms Herbert, Jeanette Nolan, Hy Averback, Tony Barrett, Dick Ryan, Ted de Corsia, Peter Leeds.
Recurring Character(s): Lieutenant Ben Guthrie [Bill Johnstone], Detective Sergeant Matt Grebb [Joe Kearns, Wally Maher], Detective Sergeant Quine, Det. Sgt Karger [Jack Moyles]
Protagonist(s): Varies from episode to episode
Author(s): Varies from episode to episode, Charles E. Israel
Writer(s) E. Jack Neuman, Morton Fine, Blake Edwards, Milton Geiger, Richard Cline, Gil Doud, William J. Ratcliff, Bob Mitchell, Sidney Marshall, David M. Light,
Music Direction: Eddie Dunstedter
Musical Theme(s): Unknown
Announcer(s): Clarence Cassell, Dan Cubberly, Bob LeMond, Charles Lyon, Bob Stevenson, Joe Walters
Estimated Scripts or
Broadcasts:
130
Episodes in Circulation: 64
Total Episodes in Collection: 62 [includes 10 AFRS-denatured exemplars]
Provenances:
Contributor Jerry Haendiges, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, 'The Directory of The Armed Forces Radio Service Series', Martin Grams' Radio Dramas, The KNX E. Jack Neuman Collection, Ben Kibler.

Notes on Provenances:

All above cited provenances differ in one form or another. The most helpful provenances were the log of the RadioGOLDINdex and newspaper listings.

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There are several 'gotchas' laying in wait for anyone attempting to log this series.

1. The first 'gotcha' was the long-standing representation by several of the most prominent 'OTR Traders', that there were nine (9) episodes in the initial Summer Replacement run. In fact, the provenance in Episode #3, announces that the FBI In Peace and War series will resume August 31, 1950, in 'six weeks'. That being the 3rd episode, the 8th episode would therefore be the last of the Summer Replacement Run, Q.E.D.. This information is absent in all publicly available logs, with the exception of the most recently updated Jay Hickerson Guide log. Sadly, there is apparently no monetary incentive for high-volume 'OTR Dealers' to acknowledge this correction for their clients' benefit. Misinformation apparently drives naive consumers to return to the same source over and over again to obtain revised or corrected compilations--with yet another purchase.

2. The next 'gotcha' is the Suspense provenance in the 'The Harrowing Haggada Handball Case' episode. Most log creators/dealers--to this day--cite a 51-06-14 date for this episode. But as the Suspense announcement in the credits states, the 'this Thursday' episode of Suspense is to be a special Gregory Peck-hosted episode dealing with 'narcotics and teenagers'. That makes that episode the 51-06-14 episode, 'The Truth About Jerry Baxter'. Therefore, since that episode aired Thursday, June 14, 1951, then the correct date for The Harrowing Haggada Handball Case' must be the Tuesday, two days previous, or June 12, 1951.

3. The third 'gotcha' is 'The Drinkler Kidnapping' episode, previously undated. The provenance contained in intact episodes comes from the announcement at the beginning of the recording, stating that the beginning of the 1952 Democratic National Convention will be delayed a couple of hours. The 1952 Democratic National Convention took place between July 21 - 26, 1952. Since this episode ran during the 'Tuesdays at 9:00 pm or 10:00 pm' run, then the only Tuesday falling withing that window had to be the 22nd of July. Therefore the correct date for 'The Drinkler Kidnapping' has to have been 52-07-22, Q.E.D..

4. The fourth 'gotcha' is the provenance for the
'The Green Cap Case' episode, previously undated. The intact recording contains a five-minute newsbreak by Robert Trout immediately following the credits. Within that newsbreak, Trout cites two key historical news announcements:

  • a.) That the Iranian Government has broken diplomatic relations with Great Britain, over a dispute about Iran's refusal to return a handbook on diplomatic relations to Great Britain
  • b.) That the Coalition Government of Austria has fallen after a shakey seven-year rule.

Given the historical import of both announcements, the date of that newsbreak can be traced to October 22, 1952. This gives the 'The Green Cap Case' episode a date of 52-10-22, Q.E.D.

5. The last 'gotcha' is resolved with the provenance contained within the 'The Matthews-Murray Mish Mosh Case' episode, dated 52-11-26. The announcement within that episode states that 'The Matthews-Murray Mish Mosh Case' is the last Wednesday episode and that there will be no show the following week, with the series resuming the following Friday. This provenance gives the 'The Gasoline Bandit Case' episode, previously misdated '52-12-05' a correct date of 52-12-12, also a Friday.

6. There are at least two previously undisclosed 'rehearsals' in current circulation:

  • 'Once Upon A Snow-Plow', dated either 52-12-24 or 52-12-26. Both dates are in error. The errors began circulating due to one of the members of the cast or orchestra playing a Christmas tune at the end of the rehearsal. What they failed to note is that within the script, one of the responding detectives recalls a case similar to the one they've been called out on that he remembers occuring "over a year ago". His partner reminds him that the date was January 3, 1952. That script entry would date the Once Upon A Snow-Plow rehearsal to after the New Year--either January 8, 1952 or January 9, 1953, depending on the actual rehearsal date.
  • 'Cowardly Castro', dated either January 1, 1953 or January 2, 1953--perhaps even the last week of December 1952, given the New Year's celebration.

7. There remain ten 'Title Unknown' programs in our current log. We'll update them as resources present themselves.


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The Line-Up Series Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
50-05-27
[Aud]
The Anita Cameron Case
Y
[Audition of Police Line-up]

Features Jester Hairston as Jimmy Hodge and Tony Barrett as Vern Meredith
50-07-06
1
Three Young Girls Murdered
N
[ 1st Episode; Summer replacement for 'FBI In Peace and War' ]

50-07-06 Portsmouth Times
These mystery dramas are to begin with a new series, "The Line Up" at 8 p.m. The spring-board for each plot is to be the appearance of a criminal or suspect in the police line-up, from which point Police Lieutenant Ben Guthrie traces the case to its solution. Elliott Lewis is to be in charge of production and direction. Authentic data and color involved in the line-up system are taken from intensive research at the Los Angeles Police Department.
50-07-13
2
The Abeyant Abnegated Alibi
N
50-07-13 San Antonio Express
The Line-Up, KTSA. 7 p.m.—
Bill Johnston as Police Lt. Ben Guthrie and Joseph Kearns as Officer Matt Greb in a new dramatic series based on criminals and suspects in the police line-up.
50-07-20
3
Eddie Gaynor Framed For Murder
Y
[Takes The FBI in Peace and War timeslot for summer vacation, to return August 31]

Features
Tony Barrett as Eddie Gaynor
50-07-27
4
The Paradise Murder Case
N
50-07-27 Lowell Sun
"THE LINEUP"; Bill Johnstone, as Police Lieut. Ben Guthrie, selects a culprit from the line-up and traces big crime history; WEEI. 8.00.
50-08-03
5
Two Girls Murdered by Hit and Run
Y
50-08-03 Long Beach Press Telegram
9:00 KNX-
Circumstatial evidence points to hit-and-run to the death of an attractive young girl but intensive investigations indicate deliberate murder in tonight's ''Line-Up" case.

Howard McNear as Mr. Bush
50-08-10
6
Witness Drops Dead from Poisoning
N
50-08-10 Lowell Sun
"THE LINE-UP" DRAMA:
Suspect drops dead during interrogation on The Line-up: WEEI. 8.00

Howard McNear as Mr. Bush
50-08-17
7
Death In the Bleachers
N
50-08-17 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p. m. — The Lineup (WKOW):
death in the bleachers.
50-08-24
8
Arson Murder Case
N
[Last Summer 1950 Show]

50-08-24 Long Beach Press Telegram
9:00 KNX-Command Theater

50-08-24 San Antonio Express
The Lineup, KTSA, 7 pm.
An arson case takes on new significance when an unidentified fire victim is discovered in the remains of the building.





50-09-02
9
Cherchez la Femme
N
[Moves to Saturdays, 8:30 due to the return of The FBI In Peace and War]

50-09-02 Long Beach Press Telegram
9:30 KNX-When the "Line Up" murder-mystery series returns to the air at this new time, the story will have something of a "
cherchez la femme" slant when peace officers search for a woman who is the key witness in a crime case.
50-09-09
10
Woman Murdered by Convict
N
50-09-09 Long Beach Press Telegram
9:30 KNX- "Line Up"
50-09-16
11
Gas Station Robbery and Murder
Y
50-09-16 Portsmouth Herald
8:30--WEEI--Line Up

Ted DeCorsia as Molinski
50-09-23
12
The Supermarket Murders
N
[AFRS Only]

50-09-23 Portsmouth Herald
8:30--WEEI--Line Up
50-09-30
13
Title Unknown 50-09-30 Portsmouth Herald
8:30--WEEI--Line Up
50-10-07
14
Title Unknown
N
50-10-07 El Paso Herald Post
6:30--KROD--Line Up
50-10-14
15
Title Unknown
N
50-10-14 El Paso Herald Post
6:30--KROD--Line Up
50-10-21
16
Title Unknown
N
50-10-21 El Paso Herald Post
6:30--KROD--Line Up
50-10-28
17
Title Unknown
N
50-10-28 El Paso Herald Post
6:30--KROD--Line Up
50-11-04
18
Title Unknown
N
50-11-04 El Paso Herald Post
6:30--KROD--Line Up
50-11-09
19
Title Unknown
N
[Returns to Thursdays ]

50-11-11 El Paso Herald Post
6:30--KROD--Line Up
50-11-16
20
The Candy-Store Murder
Y
50-11-16 Long Beach Press Telegram
7:00 p.m.--KNX--Lineup

Howard McNear as Mr. Dill
Jeanette Nolan as Mrs. Albert
50-11-23
21
The Topaz Earring Case
Y
[Title verified by script]

50-11-23 Long Beach Press Telegram
7:00 p.m.--KNX--Lineup

Parley Baer as Mr. Spiese

a.k.a.
Larry Zimmerman murder
50-11-30
22
The Cop Killer
Y
[Title verified by script]

50-11-30 Long Beach Press Telegram
7:00 p.m.--KNX--When various suspects undergo rigid questioning during the "Line-Up" broadcast tonight,
the most potent information regarding the murder of a policeman is extracted from a Bowery bum who saw the body dumped into a river bed.
50-12-07
23
The Jersey Parallel
Y
[Horace Heidt's Original Youth Opportunity Provenance; 'The Whistler' crosstalk in recording; Title verified by script]

50-12-07 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p. m.—Line-Dp (WKOW):
police trap mad killer in apartment house.
50-12-14
24
Title Unknown
N
50-12-14 Hayward Daily Review
7:00 p.m.--KCBS--Line Up
50-12-21
25
The Holstedter Case
Y
50-12-21 Hayward Daily Review
7:00 p.m.--KCBS--Line Up

a.k.a.
First Bank hold-up in six years
50-12-28
26
The Elsner Case
Y
[ Announces The Challenge of The 50s, a year-end wrap-up special airing the following Sunday; Title verified by script]

50-12-28 Hayward Daily Review
7:00 p.m.--KCBS--Line Up

a.k.a.
Leonard Elsner Case
51-01-04
27
The Case of Frankie and Joyce
Y
[Title verified by script]

Howard McNear
as the milkman
Tony Barrett as Vince Bishop
Jeanette Nolan as Mrs. Bishop
Jeanette Nolan as Mrs. Fisher
Virgina Gregg as Miss Ella Barnes

a.k.a.s
The Joyce Ronson Case
51-01-11
28
The Mad Bomber
Y
[Sponsored by Plymouth for 1951; Title verified by script]

51-01-11 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p. m.—The Lineup (WKOW): police learn of bomb planted in newspaper office,

Howard McNear as the Mad Bomber
51-01-18
29
Yudo In Ypsilanti
Y
51-01-18 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p. m.—The Lineup (WKOW): gamblers' leader terrorizes neighborhood
51-01-25
30
The Polygraph Case
N
51-01-25 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p. m.—The Lineup (WKOW): hospitalized murder suspect escapes, kidnapping a nurse
51-02-01
31
The Grocery Store Matter
N
[AFRS Only; Title verified by script]

51-02-01 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p. m.—The Lineup (WKOW); police track down sun-crazy mobsters.
51-02-08
32
The Senile Slugging Case
Y
[The victims are never cited as senile in any way; Title verified by script]

51-02-08 Lowell Sun
THE LINEUP: Little old lady victim in crime drama; WEEI, 10.00

51-02-08 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p. m.—The Lineup (WKOW): little old lady is murder victim.
51-02-15
33
The Cigar Box Boys Case
Y
[Pre-empted over WEEI, Boston; Title verified by script]

a.k.a.
The Cigar Box Boys
51-02-22
34
The Silver Swan Case
N
[AFRS Only; Title verified by script]

51-02-22 Lowell Sun
THE LINEUP--"Policewoman in Dangerous Masquerade"--WEEI. 10.00

51-02-22 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p. m.—The Lineup (WKOW): policewoman dons disguise to trap killer of dance hall hostess.
51-02-27
35
The Molly About Seven Case
N
[ Moves from Thursdays to Tuesdays in some markets]

51-02-27 Lowell Sun
THE LINEUP:
Police drama series moves to a new time: WEEI. 10.00

51-02-27 Mason City Globe-Gazette
The Line-up
. . . (8:30 p. m.) Police Lt. Ben Guthrie searches for another wily criminal
51-03-01
--
The Molly About Seven Case
--
51-03-01 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p. m.—The Lineup (WBBM)
51-03-06
36
The Check Killer Case
N
[AFRTS Only; Title verified by script]

]
51-03-06 Lowell Sun
THE LINEUP: Police drama series: WEEI. 10.00

51-03-06 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p. m.—The Lineup (WKOW)
51-03-13
37
The Weeping Willie Case
N
51-03-13 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p. m.—The Lineup (WKOW)
51-03-20
38
The Farmer's Flimsy Fence Case
N
51-03-20 Lowell Sun
THE LINEUP:
Police drama. "The Weeping Willie Case" : WEEI. 10.00
51-03-27
39
The Lapinish Lighter-Upper Case
N
51-03-27 Lowell Sun
THE LINEUP:
Police drama series: WEEI. 10.00
51-04-03
40
The Callow Car Stealing Case
N
[Title verified by script]
51-04-10
--
Pre-empted
--
[Pre-emption verified by script records]
51-04-17
41
The River Road Roisterer's Case
N
[Title verified by script]
51-04-24
42
The Brommel and Bellows Bloody Bullet Case
N
[Title verified by script]
51-03-06 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p. m. — The Lineup--WKOW: wire-tapping prevents murder ordered by jailed gangster
51-05-01
43
The Fouled-Up Fregonese Follow-Up Case
N
[Title verified by script]
51-05-08
44
The Caddish Canine Cut-Up Case
N
[Title verified by script]
51-05-15
45
The Repellant Razor Ripper's Rendezvous Case
N
[Title verified by script]
51-05-22
46
The Mink-Marauding Mechanic
N
[Title verified by script]
51-05-29
47
The Hiccuping Hamster Haemostatic Case
N
[Title verified by script]
51-06-05
48
The Red-Shirt Case
N
[Title verified by script]
51-06-12
49
The Harrowing Haggada Handball Case
Y
[Suspense provenance
51-06-14]

a.k.a. Cully Price And The Spartan Payroll
51-06-19
50
Lieutenant Guthrie Kidnapped
Y
[Promo announces The Malcolm Wish Matter on Johnny Dollar for 51-06-20 "tomorrow night"]
51-06-26
51
The Mad Bomber
Y
(Script of 51-01-11 with different cast)
(Last Tues. Ep.; Rebroadcast verified by script)
51-07-05
52
The Syncopic Sweazy Sweat-Out
Y
[1st Thursday Ep.; Title verified by script]

51-07-05 Lowell Sun
THE LINEUP
, mystery dramas based on cases of suspects appearing for police identification :n the line-up. Bill Johnstone as Lt. Guthrle : WEEI. 9.00

a.k.a.
Dr. Simpson Killed
51-07-12
53
The Flighty Fulvous Finch Case
N
51-07-12 Lowell Sun
THE LINEUP
, dramatic series on parole cases : WEEI. 9.00
51-07-19
54
The Practically Put-Out Pitcher Case
N
51-07-19 Lowell Sun
THE LINEUP
, dramatic series on parole cases : WEEI. 9.00
51-07-26
55
The Turner & Welch Wring-Out Case
N
51-07-26 Lowell Sun
THE LINEUP
, dramatic series on parole cases : WEEI. 9.00
51-08-02
56
The Butane Buttonworth Case
N
51-08-02 Lowell Sun
THE LINEUP
: "The Butane Buttonworth Case": WEEI. 9.00
51-08-09
57
The Offensively Oafish Offender Case
N
51-08-09 Lowell Sun
THE LINEUP
, mystery drama : WEEI. 9.00
51-08-16
58
The Touting Tolliver Turn-Up Case
N
51-08-16 Lowell Sun
THE LINEUP
, mystery drama : WEEI. 9.00
51-08-23
59
The Fluffed Fraternal Fidelity Case
N
51-08-23 Lowell Sun
THE LINEUP
, mystery drama series : WEEI. 9.00
51-08-29
60
The Thompson Trollop-Trucklee Case
N
[Moves to Wednesdays in some markets]

51-08-29 Lowell Sun
THE LINEUP
, mystery drama series from Hollywood : WEEI. 9.00

51-08-29 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 9:00 The Lineup
51-08-30
--
--
[Replaced in some markets by Hearthstone of the Death Squad]

51-08-30 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 8:00 The Lineup
51-09-05
61
The Pointless Pierson Polemic Polarity
Y
51-09-05 Lowell Sun
THE LINEUP
, mystery drama series : WEEI. 9.00

a.k.a.
The Michael Hunter Case
51-09-12
62
The Senile Slugging Case
Y
(Script of 51-02-08)
(Rebroadcast verified by script records)

51-09-12 Lowell Sun
THE LINEUP
, mystery drama sketch : WEEI. 9
51-09-19
63
The Abeyant Abnegated Alibi
N
(Script of 50-07-13)
(Rebroadcast verified by script records)
51-09-26
64
The Fur-Flaunting Floozie
Y
[Title verified by script]
51-10-04
65
The Wild, Wild Woman Case
Y
51-10-04 Lowell Sun
THE LINEUP
, mystery series based on hypothetical cases in the police line-up : WEEI. 10
51-10-11
66
The Frivolous Forger Fracas
Y
51-10-11 Lowell Sun
THE LINEUP
, inside operation of a police line-up dramatized : WEEI. 10
51-10-18
67
The Nicely Nixed Nixon Case
Y
51-10-18 Lowell Sun
THE LINEUP
, Drama based on inside operation of police line-up : WEEI. 10
51-10-25
--
Pre-empted
--
[Pre-empted by United Jewish Appeal special, "The Incredible Villager"; Pre-emption verified by script records]

51-11-01
68
The Jolted Justice Job Case
Y
[Title verified by script]
51-11-08
69
The Pixie-Picker Pickle Case
N
[Title verified by script]
51-11-15
--
Pre-empted
--
51-11-15 Wisconsin State Journal
4:30, 6:15, and 9 p.m.— Blood Bank Marathon (WKOW): special programs with Columbia network stars; Arthur Godfrey, master of ceremonies.

51-11-15 Long Beach Press Telegram
In co-operation with the Dept of Defense and the AmericanRed Cross, the CBS radio netvork has set aside today for a Blood Bank Pledge marathon on ts 206 affiliated stations.
A full-hour program will be heard at 7 p. m., locally on KNX starring Arthur Godfrey in interviews with celebrities as well as combat veterans whose lives were saved by blood given them in the front lines. Other shows are scheduled for 1:15 and 4:30 p. m. to help raise the 2,800,000 pints of blood needed in the next ten months.
In addition to this the indefatigable Godfrey will appear for one minute at the end of all network programs throughout the day to stress the need for blood in Korea. Non-network- programs will be interrupted by local KNX announcers giving specific directions for pledging, donations of blood for the Red Cross.
51-11-22
70
The Keenly Clipped Kenovak Case
Y
[Title verified by script]
51-11-29
71
The Railroad Roundhouse Round-Up Case
Y
[Title verified by script]
51-12-06
72
The Bastille-Bound Bad-Boys Case
N
[Title verified by script]
51-12-13
73
Title Unknown
N
[Possible rebroadcast]
51-12-20
74
The Holstedter Case
Y
(Script of 50-12-21)
(Possible rebroadcast)

51-12-20 Indiana Evening Gazette
10:00--WDAD [CBS]--
The Lineup

51-12-20 LaCrosse Tribune
9:00--WCCO [CBS]--
The Lineup

51-12-20 Winnepeg Free Press
9:00--KJSB [CBS]--
The Lineup
51-12-27
75
The Elsner Case
Y
(Script of 50-12-28)
(Possible rebroadcast)

51-12-27 LaCrosse Tribune
9:00--WCCO [CBS]--
The Lineup

51-12-27 Winnepeg Free Press
9:00--KJSB [CBS]--
The Lineup

51-12-27 Morning Herald
10:00--WARK [CBS]--
The Lineup
52-01-08
76
The Scared Schoolmarm Scrape
N
[Title verified by script]
52-01-15
77
The Bugged-Up Burglars Case
N
[AFRS-only; Title verified by script]
52-01-22
78
The Sadly Slipshod Shoe Shenanigan Case
N
[Title verified by script]
52-01-29
79
The Mad MacPherson Melee
N
[Title verified by script]
52-02-05
80
The Potting Peter Case
Y
[Title verified by script]
52-02-12
81
The Badly Bent Bookcase Bender Case
N
[Title verified by script]
52-02-19
82
The Produce-Prodder's Pumping-Up Case
N
[Title verified by script]
52-02-26
83
The Tortured Tubercular Task Case
N
[Title verified by script]
52-03-04
84
Murdering Mercer's Malingering Case
Y
[Title verified by script]
52-03-11
85
The Careening Cadillac's Crushed Cadaver Case
N
[Title verified by script]
52-03-18
86
The Mirthless Moonshiner's Methyl Murders
Y
[Title verified by script]
52-03-25
87
The Bakery Bandit's Bad Blooper
Y
[Title verified by script]

a.k.a. The Silk Stocking Killer [Bakery Hold-ups]
52-04-01
88
Castro's Cop-Killing Carnage Case
N
[Title verified by script]
52-04-08
89
The Cornered Cop-Killer Case
N
[Title verified by script]
52-04-15
90
Nancy's Nauseating Naivete Case
N
[Title verified by script]
52-04-22
91
The Corny Complainant's Case
N
[Title verified by script]
52-04-29
92
The Big-Boy's Brutish Back-Bending Case
N
[Title verified by script]
52-05-06
93
Babs, the Baggy Bungling Brunette Bombshell Case
N
[Title verified by script]
52-05-13
94
Yudo In Ypsilanti
N
(Script of 51-01-18)
(Rebroadcast verified by script records)
52-05-20
95
Wacky Williams' Rooftop Wrangle
N
[Title verified by script]
52-05-27
96
The Check Killer Case
Y
(Script of 51-03-06)
(Rebroadcast verified by script records)
52-06-03
97
The Aching Arthritic's Anxious Antic
N
[Begin Wrigley's sponsorship]
52-06-10
98
Lobdell's Poodle-Cut Tomato Case
Y
a.k.a. One Dead Husband
52-06-17
99
The Pitiful Patricide Case
Y
a.k.a. Bad Boy
52-06-24
100
The Cutie-Calling Culprit Case
Y
a.k.a. Obituary Racket
52-07-01
101
The Guided Gang Case
Y
a.k.a. Singer's Husband Killed
52-07-08
102
The Luger-Lugging Laddie Case
Y
a.k.a. Bank Robbery
52-07-15
103
The Twitching Twist's .22-Tweaking Case
Y
[Title verified by script]
52-07-22
104
The Drinkler Kidnapping Case
Y
[1952 DNC Delay mentioned]
52-07-29
105
The Charles Crocked Clobbering Case
Y
a.k.a. The Stanley Farmer Murder
52-08-05
106
The Karger Cops A Clinker Case
Y
a.k.a. The Phantom Burglar

[Goes on hiatus until September 10, 1952]
52-09-10
107
The Jane Doe Case
Y
a.k.a. Mrs. Kramer Attacked
52-09-17
108
The Fresno Break Case
Y
[Title verified by script]
52-09-24
109
The Sinning Torch Case
N
[Title verified by script]
52-10-01
110
The Poker-Party Killings
Y
a.k.a. Missing Girl Kidnapping
52-10-08
111
The Teacher's Pet
Y
[Title verified by script]
52-10-15
112
Bentley's Boo Boo Case
Y
a.k.a. Dead Man Found In Alley
52-10-22
113
The Green Cap Case
Y
[Robert Trout provenance]

a.k.a.
Gas Station Attendant Killed
52-10-29
114
The Sobbing Singer Saga
Y
a.k.a. Ludlow Park Jane Doe
52-11-05
115
The Be-Bop Bandits Bungling Bang-Bang
Y
a.k.a. George Forbes
52-11-12
116
The Buggered Bunco Boys
Y
a.k.a. Grieving Families Cheated
52-11-19
117
The Modern Sounds Case
Y
a.k.a. Jean Bellamy Murdered or Young Woman Murdered
52-11-26
118
The Matthews-Murray Mish-Mosh Case
Y
[Last Wed. Show,
No show following week; Title verified by script]

a.k.a.
Betty Matthews
52-12-03
--
--
52-12-05
--
--
52-12-12
119
The Gasoline Bandit Case
Y
[Begin Fridays at 8-30; Announces a Tarzan episode "Black and Gold"]

a.k.a.
Filling Station Holdups
52-12-19
120
The Two Tough Thugs Thing
Y
a.k.a. Mrs Conway Killed in Parking Lot
52-12-24
121
The Young Yegg Yarn [Rehearsal]
N
[Title verified by script]
52-12-26
122
The Young Yegg Yarn
N
[Title verified by script]
53-01-01
123
Cowardly Castro [Rehearsal]
Y
[Title verified by script]
53-01-02
123
Cowardly Castro
N
[Title verified by script]

53-01-08
124
Once Upon A Snow-Plow [Rehearsal]

Y
[Title verified by script; Script cites a case 'over a year ago' on January 3, 1952']
53-01-09
124
Once Upon A Snow-Plow
N
[Title verified by script; Script cites a case 'over a year ago' on January 3, 1952']
53-01-16
125
And Only Nine-Thirty-Nine A Fifth
N
[Title verified by script]
53-01-23
126
The Fifty-Grand Waltz
N
[Title verified by script]
53-01-30
127
The Dial 116 Case
N
[Title verified by script]
53-02-06
128
Make Mine A Jaguar
N
[Title verified by script]
53-02-13
129
Good Enough to Eat
Y
[Provenance; Title verified by script]

a.k.a.
Food Poisoning
53-02-20
130
That Takes Care of Everything
N
[ Last Episode ]





The Line-Up [AFRTS] Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
50-09-23
12
The Supermarket Murders
Y
52-05-27 The Check Killer Case
Y
51-09-26 Lorraine Oberhauser (The Two Claudes)
[The Fur-Flaunting Floozie]
Y
50-xx-xx The Boots Kracov Killing
Y
Jack Moyles as Sgt Pete Karger
Bill Conrad as Franchetti
52-01-15
The Bugged-Up Burglars Case
Y
52-02-05 Random Lady Killer
[The Potting Peter Case]
Y
51-09-05 The Michael Hunter Murder
[The Pointless Pierson Polemic Polarity]
Y
51-10-04 Irene Oldin, and John
[The Wild, Wild Woman Case]
Y
51-11-08 The Man With The Devil's Face
[The Pixie-Picker Pickle Case]
Y






The Line-Up Biographies




William Llewellyn
'Bill' Johnstone

Radio, Television, Film and Stage Actor
(1908-1996)

Birthplace:
New York City, New York, U.S.A.

Radiography:
1937
Les Miserables
1938
The Shadow
1938
Great Plays
1939
The Campbell Playhouse
1940
The Cavalcade of America
1940
The Columbia Workshop
1945
The Pacific Story
1945
Arch Oboler's Plays
1945
Theatre of Romance
1947
The Theatre Guild On The Air
1946
The Mercury Summer Theatre
1947
The Whistler
1947
The Lux Radio Theatre
1947
Superman [Audition]
1947
Doorway to Life
1948
Ellery Queen
1948
Hallmark Playhouse
1949
The Adventures of Philip Marlowe
1949
The Adventures of Frank Race
1950
Pursuit
1950
Family Theatre
1951
The Line-Up
1951
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar

and hundreds more . . .
Caption: Bill Johnstone and Jeanette Nolan of the Cavalcade of America dramas have been heard in more historical Mr. and Mrs. roles than any pair in radio. Off the air Bill is a bachelor. Miss Nolan is married to Actor John McIntire. (c. 1938)

Caption: Bill Johnstone and Jeanette Nolan of the Cavalcade of America dramas have been heard in more historical Mr. and Mrs. roles than any pair in radio. Off the air Bill is a bachelor. Miss Nolan is married to Actor John McIntire. (c. 1938)

Bill Johnstone and Agnes Morehead in The Shadow, c. 1938
Bill Johnstone and Agnes Morehead in The Shadow, c. 1938

William Johnstone (sitting) with Keenan Wynn and announcer Ken Roberts from The Shadow (1940)
William Johnstone (sitting) with Keenan Wynn and announcer Ken Roberts from The Shadow (1940)

Bill Johnstone, c. 1944
Bill Johnstone, c. 1944

Bill Johnstone in Dragnet, c. 1952
Bill Johnstone in Dragnet, c. 1952

Bill Johnstone was one of the most prolific actors in Radio. Although precious little information is available on his private life, his radio life was arguably more varied and prodigious than virtually any of his peers.

While he's probably most immediately associated with his long-running role as Lamont Cranston, 'The Shadow', he's equally remembered by thousands of his fans as the voice of Lieutenant Ben Guthrie in the poorly documented, but highly collectable radio program, 'The Line-Up'.

So varied were his roles over the years that he'll be equally well remembered for his hundreds of appearances in Cavalcade of America, as the Autolite spokesperson for hundreds of Suspense episodes, and for memorable roles in Lux Radio Theatre, This Is Your FBI, Dragnet, and virtually every other detective genre drama series of the era.

My first acquaintance with Bill Johnstone was in his poignant role as the Patrician John Jacob Astor in 1953's Titanic. I was quite surprised to square that very Patrician image with the over one thousand radio appearances I've heard him in over the years. That wonderfully kind face and demeanor juxtaposed with the often hard-boiled, two fisted, action oriented characters he most often portrayed in Radio simply reinforced my deep respect for his voice talent.

I'm sure there's some sort of back-story why he didn't appear more in film or on the small screen, but one of his all too rare appearances in Television struck me as one of his finest. It was a small role in the 1952 Dragnet episode, 'A .22 Rifle for Christmas'. In it he portrayed the father of a young boy who'd been accidentally shot and killed shot by his young son's best friend. I won't spoil it for you if you haven't had the opportunity to see it, but it's one of the most poignant moments I can remember from that entire series.


Bill Johnstone as John Martin in Season 2, Episode 7 of the original Dragnet series

Bill Johnstone is one of that handful of legendary radio actors that will always be inseparably associated with the most golden moments of the Golden Age of Radio.




Walter 'Wally' Maher
(
Detective Sergeant Matt Grebb)
Radio, Stage, and Film Actor
(1908-1951)
Birthplace: Cinncinati, Ohio, U.S.A.

Radiography:
1936 The Lux Radio Theatre
1943 The Cavalcade of America
1943 Tommy Riggs and Betty Lou
1943 The Jack Benny Program
1944 Suspense
1945 The Eddie Bracken Show
1945 Arch Oboler's Plays
1946 The New Adventures of Michael Shayne
1946 The Whistler
1948 Let George Do It
1949 Richard Diamond, Private Detective
1949 The Adventures of Philip Marlowe
1950 Family Theatre
1950 Night Beat
1950 The Line-Up
Wally Maher's comparitively sparse entry from the October 1940 edition of Lew Lauria's Radio Artists Directory
Wally Maher's comparitively sparse entry from the October 1940 edition of Lew Lauria's Radio Artists Directory

Wally Maher as a court clerk preparing to pass around Bob Hope's late alimony payments to his three ex-wives in The Big Broadcast of 1938
Wally Maher as a court clerk preparing to pass around Bob Hope's late alimony payments to his three ex-wives in The Big Broadcast of 1938


Wally Maher as pilot Cliff Parsons in 1939's Nick Carter, Master Detective
Wally Maher as pilot Cliff Parsons in 1939's Nick Carter, Master Detective.

Wally Maher spot promotion for 1943's Tommy Riggs and Betty Lou
Wally Maher spot promotion for 1943's Tommy Riggs and Betty Lou

From the November 7, 1943 edition of The Cedar Rapids Tribune:

Wally Maher
Alias Michael Shayne

The fellow who plays Michael Shayne every Tuesday night is no stranger to the role of crime fiction. Wally Maher figures he's been killed more times than any other actor working in radio. He's been chewed by alligators, attacked by vampires, gassed, shot and various other methods of elimination. Wally never played a tough guy until he came to California, his forte is light comedy. In only half a dozen out of 127 pictures has he played light comedy, the rest were heavies.
After starting a radio career in his home town of Cincinnati, he went to New York where he won a host of theatrical roles. Then came Hollywood in 1935 where he continued his radio work and started on pictures. Wally likes comedy, so he likes Michael Shayne. He doesn't like to play tough guys so "Shayne" is as easygoing as a sleuth can be and still keep his self-respect.
He likes to read detective stories, but his favoilte reading is American and Irish history, with, the accent on the latter. His grandparents on both sides came from Tipperary. He has three children, two girls and a boy. Two of the children look like their mother, who is of Italian decent, but Wally says all of them are Irish at heart.
Wally can speak Italian, and when he was working as baggage clerk on the Southern Pacific, he used to go out and greet ths prisoner trains loaded with Italian PWs on their way through Glendale. He talked to them in Italian and used to get a kick out of watching their faces light up.
With his extensive theatrical experience, Wally Maher is capably suited to the role of the "private eye," "Michael Shayne." His secretary-girl friend, Phyllis, is right in there pitching, too. For the best in mystery dramas, "Michael Shayne" is on the air Tuesday nights at 9 o'clock.


Wally Maher had a solid movie career under his belt long before he lent his unmistakable voice talent to Radio. Indeed his filmography reads as long as his radiography. His stocky build and expressive face provided him with regular work as a character actor, but it was his highly distinctive voice that set him apart. Though from Ohio, his uncanny ability to project a gruff, irascible, but humorous East Coast--or West Coast--'tough' earned him countless roles in Radio as a hard-boiled thug, police detective, or adventurous sidekick.

He was a pretty straight foil for Bill Johnstone in The Line-Up, but his wonderfully animated role as George Valentine's nemesis, Lieutenant Riley, in Let George Do It, was in this author's humble opinion, some of Mr. Maher's most satisfying and entertaining work.

Destined to be often confused with Herb Butterfield or Wilms Herbert, Wally Maher's distinctive chortles and grunts usually made the identification of his voice unimpeachable. He debuted as the lead in The Adventures of Michael Shayne, and would have been just as enjoyable as Jeff Chandler, had he secured that role for the entire run of the program. Indeed, the series' creator, Brett Halliday, reportedly preferred Wally Maher's depiction of his protagonist.

Sadly, Wally Maher was hospitalized while appearing in The Line-Up and Let George Do It. He'd had a lung removed shortly before the beginning of the The Line-Up, with Raymond Burr often filling in for him near the end. He passed away December 27, 1951 at St. Vincent's Hospital, in Los Angleles at the age of 43, after an all too brief career of 22 years in Stage, Film and Radio.

It's the wonder of Golden Age Radio that preserves his memory for most of us . . . and what wonderful memories they are.


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