Based on actual cases from the San Francisco Police files, Lt. Guthrie and Inspector Grebb work as a team to track down criminals. In the last season Inspectors Delaney and Summers are ... See full summary »
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Warner Anderson ...  Det. Lt. Ben Guthrie / ... 193 episodes, 1954-1960
Tom Tully ...  Insp. Matt Grebb / ... 185 episodes, 1954-1959
Marshall Reed ...  Insp. Fred Asher / ... 183 episodes, 1954-1959
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Based on actual cases from the San Francisco Police files, Lt. Guthrie and Inspector Grebb work as a team to track down criminals. In the last season Inspectors Delaney and Summers are partners in the pursuit of justice. Frequently a police lineup is featured.

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USA

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English

Release Date:

1 October 1954 (USA) See more »

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San Francisco Beat See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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(1954-1959) | (1960)

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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"San Francisco Beat"
6 January 2005 | by sphogheadsf-1See all my reviews

As a young boy,"San Francisco Beat" was my favorite TV show.I loved and still do, any film that uses pre-1970 San Francisco as a background.I still can remember the opening shot at the top of Hyde St. with the O'Farrell,Jones & Hyde cable car going down the hill as the old Ford squad car comes up and turns into Lombard St.Later when the show was renamed "Lineup" the scene was the same except a Dodge was used as the squad car and the cable car had changed to a Powell & Hyde car.Has anybody noticed the view outside their squad room window is not correct?It was impossible to get that view from the old "Hall of Justice".I think that shot was taken from the top of "Nob Hill".It was still a great show.I wish I could see this show again!!!


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