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The film ends with the following written acknowledgment: "We are grateful to the San Francisco Police Department whose cooperation made this production possible." As noted in the Variety review, location filming was done at the Mark Hopkins Hotel, the St. Francis Hotel, Nob Hill, Sutro's Museum and the Opera House, all in San Francisco, CA. The CBS television series The Lineup ran from January 1, 1954 -January 20, 1960. It was produced by Jaime del Valle and Frank Cooper, who also worked on the production of the film.
Don Siegel directed the pilot of the series, which starred Warner Anderson as "Lt. Ben Guthrie," the role Anderson recreated in the film. The popular, San Francisco-based series also starred Tom Tully as "Matt Grebb," a character not in the film. Other actors who recreated roles from the television series include Marshall Reed as "Inspector Fred Asher" and William Leslie as "Inspector Dan Delaney." In his autobiography, Siegel said that he was opposed to titling the film The Lineup because he was afraid that audiences would confuse it with the television series. Siegel also said that the car chase was filmed on location on the construction site of an unfinished freeway in San Francisco.