The Lineup: Season 2, Episode 34

The Wharton Case (18 May 1956)

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Episode cast overview:
Warner Anderson ...
Det. Lt. Ben Guthrie
Tom Tully ...
Insp. Matt Grebb
Marshall Reed ...
Insp. Fred Asher
Walter Sande ...
Sam Wharton
Fred Sherman ...
Justin Garner
Anne Gwynne ...
Dorine Gallagher
Joan Dixon ...


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27 February 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

THE LINEUP – The Wharton Case- 1956

During the 1950's there were two Police series that rose to the top. DRAGNET and THE LINEUP were both solid Police procedurals that showed how the everyday life of a Detective was. The LINEUP ran between 1954 and 1960 with a total of 200 episodes produced. The leads were played by Tom Tully and Warner Anderson as a pair of San Francisco Police Detectives. This particular episode is the 73rd episode of the series.

Detectives Tom Tully and Warner Anderson get a call from an ex-con they know. The man, Walter Sande, tells the detectives he believes members of a gang he ran with years before, want him dead. Sande has been on the straight and narrow since a bit in San Question. He has a good job and is now married etc. Sande figures the gang is just tying up loose ends.

The detectives agree to have a look into the matter. This "look" goes into overdrive when Sande's wife is blown up with a car bomb. The Police look into case files and known associate files looking for any possible leads.

What the boys turn up is that maybe the target was, Sande's wife after all. It seems the woman had a shady past and had been involved in a massive bond robbery back east. Making the detective's job harder is the arrival of a known hit-man, for the eastern gangs. The man, Fred Sherman has a habit of making people disappear.

Then the detectives tumble to Ann Gwynne. Gwynne is supposedly a friend of Sande's wife. It turns out that Gwynne had also been in on the bond robbery. She and Sande's wife had split town with the bonds after the hold up. They had cut out the other gang members. The gang had finally tracked them down in San Francisco. It is payback time.

While not the best episode of the series I've seen. It does show the everyday work that a Police detective slogs through to get results. The director was veteran b-man Harold Schuster. He helmed several lower end film noir such as, FINGER MAN, PORTLAND EXPOSE, SECURITY RISK and LOOPHOLE.

The d of p was again big screen veteran, Nick Musuraca. OUT OF THE PAST is his most famous noir.

Some might recall Miss Gwynne from the low rent film noir, FEAR, ARSON INC and THE GLASSD ALIBI. Look close and you will catch Joan Dixon in a 30 second bit. Dixon starred with noir favourite, Charles McGraw, in 1951's nifty, ROADBLOCK.

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