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 »
Reviews

Episodes

Seasons


Years



6   5   4   3   2   1  
1960   1959   1958   1957   1956   1955   … See all »
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

The Lineup (1958)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In San Francisco, a psychopathic gangster and his mentor retrieve heroin packages carried by unsuspecting travelers.

Director: Don Siegel
Stars: Eli Wallach, Robert Keith, Richard Jaeckel
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

During WWII, a platoon of American soldiers trudge through the Italian countryside in search of a bridge they have been ordered to blow up, encountering danger and destruction along the way.

Director: Lewis Milestone
Stars: Dana Andrews, Richard Conte, George Tyne
77 Sunset Strip (1958–1964)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Stu Bailey and Jeff Spencer were the wisecracking, womanizing private detective heroes of this Warner Brothers drama.

Stars: Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Edd Byrnes, Roger Smith
The Killers (1964)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Surprised that their contract victim didn't try to run away from them, two professional hit men try to find out who hired them and why.

Director: Don Siegel
Stars: Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson, John Cassavetes
Have Gun - Will Travel (1957–1963)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

The adventures of a gentlemanly gunfighter for hire.

Stars: Richard Boone, Kam Tong, Hal Needham
Mod Squad (1968–1973)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Three young outsiders fight crime as undercover agents for the police. (One white man, one black man, one blonde woman.)

Stars: Michael Cole, Clarence Williams III, Peggy Lipton
The F.B.I. (1965–1974)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The cases of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Stars: Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Philip Abbott, William Reynolds
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A small town policeman is assisted by a Harvard professor when a human skeleton is found on a Massachusetts beach.

Director: John Sturges
Stars: Ricardo Montalban, Sally Forrest, Bruce Bennett
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
Warner Anderson ...  Det. Lt. Ben Guthrie / ... 194 episodes, 1954-1960
Tom Tully ...  Insp. Matt Grebb / ... 185 episodes, 1954-1959
Marshall Reed ...  Insp. Fred Asher / ... 183 episodes, 1954-1959
Edit

Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

San Francisco Beat See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

CBS Television Network See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(1954-1959) | (1960)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Based on the popular radio show. See more »

Connections

Remade as The Lineup (1958) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Looking for this in Video
27 May 2006 | by ddoran3See all my reviews

I grew up on San Francisco Beat. It was a family event each week. It was the precursor to Streets of San Francisco, Dirty Harry, and Ironside. Besides Perry Mason (back in the day)it was the only compelling crime series on at the time. Shot in B&W it and mono it delivered fast passed gritty episodes on a weekly basis.

With local location shots as a SF native it delighted all who watched it. Although predictable story lines lead to obvious conclusion given the era the scenes along with the plot kept the audience captivated.

As the original San Francisco crime show it paved the way for the next generation of S.F. police dramas such as the aforementioned Raymond Burr series Ironside, The Streets of San Francisco with Karl Malden an Michael Douglas and Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry Series.

As a testimony to how well this movie/series was cast, many of the actors went on to perform in some of the later Crime Drama series on television. Warner Anderson as the hard driving Lt. Ben Guthrie delivered grounded performances as he did throughout his extensive career.

Marshall Reed as Inspector Fred Asher went on to roles in Dragnet, and Adam 12.

Does anyone know where I can get it on DVD?


13 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 14 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed