During the 1950's there were two Police series that rose to the top. DRAGNET and THE LINE-UP, were both solid Police procedurals that showed how the everyday life of a cop 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 number 88 of the series.
The Police are called in to have a look into a case of a man passing bad checks. The man, Reg Sheffield, shows up at various shipping companies wanting to rent space of a freighter to Australia. He produces a letter of credit for a million dollars. This of course opens many doors as the company is looking at a cool $300,000 plus deal. Sheffield uses the deal with the local firm to establish credit with local stores etc.
After he cashes a load of checks, he disappears with the various businesses holding the bag. Detectives Tom Tully and Warner Anderson are assigned the case. They backtrack the man through the numerous checks etc till they come up with a lead. The man is something of a Robin Hood. He steals, but gives most of his ill-gotten funds away to various down on their luck types.
They finally catch up with Sheffield when he pays with a $50 bad check for a bicycle. The Detectives trace the sale and soon collar the man. The Detectives feel like a first rate pair of heels, when they take the bike back from the kid Sheffield had given it to. They decide to leave the bike with the young boy, and pay the 50 bucks themselves to the bike shop.
This one is played in a rather lighthearted, feel good manner that really did not work. Having said that, it is still a treat to see all the on location filming of 1950's San Francisco.
The d of p was Nicolas Musuraca. Musuraca is well known to film noir fans as the cinematographer of, THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE, CAT PEOPLE, GHOST SHIP, DEADLINE AT DAWN, THE LOCKET, WHERE DANGER LIVES, BLOOD ON THE MOON, THE WOMAN ON PIER 13. ROADBLOCK, THE HITCH-HIKER, THE BLUE GARDENIA, SPLIT SECOND and of course, OUT OF THE PAST.
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