The Cigar Box Bandit (Aired February 15, 1951)
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 from 1951 to 1953, Matt Maher) plays Sgt. Matt Grebb, a hot-tempered hot plate who is easily bored. 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 radio show in your collection!
February 15, 1951. CBS network. Sustaining. "The Cigar Store Bandit" has the entire police force puzzled in this surprisingly good story with a twisted ending. David Young, Ed Begley, Eddie Dunstedter (music), Howard McNear, Jaime del V