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The Lineup (1958)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Film-Noir, Drama  |  11 June 1958 (USA)
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In San Francisco, a psychopathic gangster and his mentor retrieve heroin packages carried by unsuspecting travelers.

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Cast overview:
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Dancer
Robert Keith ...
Julian
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Sandy McLain
Mary LaRoche ...
Dorothy Bradshaw
William Leslie ...
Larry Warner
Emile Meyer ...
Insp. Al Quine
Marshall Reed ...
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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Storyline

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 Manhunt They Had To Put on the Giant-Sized Movie Theatre Screen! See more »

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Crime | Film-Noir | Drama

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11 June 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Contrabando  »

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Trivia

Dancer (Eli Wallach) carries his revolver in a briefcase. Director Don Siegel repeated this conceit in The Killers (1964), in which the two assassins also carry their revolvers in a briefcase. See more »

Goofs

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

Julian: [Closing steamroom door after being invited in by Warren] Steam!
Julian: Don't stay in there too long. It opens the pores.
Dancer: [Chuckling] Heh-heh. That's a yock!
Julian: [Disdainfully] A yock?
Dancer: O.K, O.K., That's amusing.
Julian: Better... nuch better. Yock's a crude word.
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Remake of The Lineup (1954) See more »

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Polly Wolly Doodle
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Song first published Harvard student songbook in 1880.
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A Gem in the Rough...
13 April 2004 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

I was relaxing in my easy chair when I saw this film pop up on one of the mystery cable channels. I was very surprised and pleased at what I saw. First of all, the comments made about this film having great views of San Francisco are 100% true. I love "noir" films that set a city mood, and this was probably the best film that ever set a "San Francisco mood" with the possible exception of Dirty Harry. A friend of mine lived near the Cliff House and seeing Seal Rock Road and the Sutro Museum (used to be the Sutro Baths) was just incredible. Its just a hole in the ground now. Pier 39, now an over-sized shopping mall, was great to see as well when it was an actual shipping pier. And the movie itself was quite good. Eli Wallach played a sadistic, yet somewhat complex criminal who had no morals and yet showed flashes of compassion. Brian Keith's Father Robert played his mentor with excellence and style. This film was no high budget spectacular but more then made up for it with Siegel's excellent direction and great location scenes. I immediately went online to IMDb to try and buy the VHS or DVD but imagine my surprise when I saw it wasn't available! CMON, LETS SEE THIS ONE COME ONTO DVD!!!!


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