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
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 »
Seaman Warner is pointed out to Dancer at the ship just before the noon siren sounds. The next scene shows Warner signing into the steam room at the Seaman's Club. After he is murdered, the police ask the steam room attendant when Warner signed in and are told 11:05. See more »
How does it feel to make five G's in one day?
Dancer derives no particular feeling from it.
Oh, not too much!
[With apparent disdain]
I've been watching you. McLean. You've been comin' on big, I don't like that.
Look, I just...
Please, we prefer as little conversation as possible from outsiders. Dancer works better that way. You didn't know before - now you do.
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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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