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

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Julian
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Sandy McLain
Mary LaRoche ...
Dorothy Bradshaw
William Leslie ...
Larry Warner
Emile Meyer ...
Insp. Al Quine
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Insp. Fred Asher
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Philip Dressler
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The Man
Cheryl Callaway ...
Cindy Bradshaw
Robert Bailey ...
Staples
Warner Anderson ...
Lt. Ben Guthrie
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In San Francisco, two police inspectors are on the case when a rogue taxi driver, with the help of a rogue porter, manages to steal the suitcase of an antiques collector before running down a cop, whose dying gesture is to shoot the cabbie dead. The inspectors discover that a statuette in the suitcase contains heroin. Meanwhile, a psychopathic gangster, his malignant mentor and their dipsomaniac driver have the job of picking up the other heroin shipments, hidden in the luggage of unsuspecting travelers. All goes well until they attempt to retrieve the heroin stuffed in a Japanese doll. A little girl and her lovely young mother have the doll, but when the crooks take possession of it, they find that the heroin has mysteriously vanished. Written by J. Spurlin

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The meeting between Dancer and "The Man" (played by Vaughn Taylor) takes place at the Sutro Baths and Museum. Located on the cliffs of Lands End near the Golden Gate, the Sutro Baths were built in 1896 by Adolph Sutro, a wealthy entrepreneur and former San Francisco mayor. A popular family entertainment place for many decades, the Sutro Baths featured seven indoor swimming pools, the largest of which was 300 x 175 feet and held 2 million gallons of heated water. The swimming pools were built under a giant, domed glass ceiling (seen in exterior shots in the film). The complex featured a museum (as seen in the film) with various artifacts that Adolph Sutro had brought back from his travels. By the 1950's, the Sutro Baths were struggling financially due to high operating costs, and in 1954, the largest swimming pool was turned into an ice rink (which features prominently in the film's climax). The Sutro Baths pavilion burned down in 1966. Its ruins are still there, and are a protected part of Golden Gate National Recreation Area. See more »

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In the scene where the passengers are disembarking the ship, Staples gives Dancer the address of the couple as "9020 Jackson." Dancer then relays it to his driver, McLain, as "2090 Jackson." McLain then drives to the correct house on 2090 Jackson Street, which was then being used as the headquarters of the California Historical Society. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Ben Guthrie: You know, one thing bothers me though.
Insp. Al Quine: What's that?
Lt. Ben Guthrie: Why a well-organized operation would have a junkie as a wheelman.
Insp. Al Quine: You know, that could be the mistake that nails 'em, Ben. Folsom's full of mistakes.
Lt. Ben Guthrie: Let's prowl the rest of this place and get out of here.
Insp. Al Quine: I'm in favor of that!
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Polly Wolly Doodle
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Song first published Harvard student songbook in 1880.
Heard on calliope in museum
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One film that should be on tape or DVD
1 February 2003 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

The late director, Don Siegel, never made a bad film: and many of them were classics of their kind. He directed "Flaming Star", one of Presley's better efforts. He directed Clint Eastwood in "Coogan's Bluff", "Two Mules For Sister Sara", and "The Beguiled". He made one of the best of John Wayne's later films: "The Shootist". He directed the original "Invasion of The Body Snatchers". He also directed now rarely seen films like "Baby Face Nelson", with Mickey Rooney.

"The Lineup" stands out even among this fine body of work. While "The Lineup" is a 'caper' film, it's anything but what passes these days for films of that genre. I was lucky that a film society I belonged to, managed to get hold of a 35mm print of this film, along with prints of "The Hanged Man", Riot In Cell Block 11", "The Verdict", "Baby Face Nelson", and others. Naturally, this and other early Don Siegel films are not on tape. Something I hope will be rectified one day, hopefully now, put out on DVD. Eli Wallach, as 'Dancer', is outstanding, as is Robert Keith as 'Julian'. If it turns up on TV, or cable, cancel everything and watch it. It has one of the best endings ever!


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