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The Lineup (1958)

Approved | | Crime, Film-Noir, Drama | 11 June 1958 (USA)
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
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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
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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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Crime | Film-Noir | Drama

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Trivia

The Cliff House, a popular San Francisco restaurant located next door to the Sutro Baths, is seen at the beginning of the final chase. The restaurant is still in operation, but the exterior has since been remodeled. The Seal Rocks, which are just offshore from the Cliff House and the Sutro Baths, are also seen in the film. See more »

Goofs

When Dancer returns to the car after having the "mules" pointed out to him, he tells the wheel man to drive to "2090" Jackson, the Mark Hopkins and the Seaman's Club "in that order". Instead, the film shows the group driving to the Seaman's Club first, then 9020 Jackson and finally the Mark Hopkins. 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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Connections

References 12 Angry Men (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Polly Wolly Doodle
(uncredited)
Song first published Harvard student songbook in 1880.
Heard on calliope in museum
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Hard-assed, violent little flick
22 November 2004 | by (British Columbia) – See all my reviews

This was a breezy, fast-paced little piece of noir that crosses the time barrier pretty efficiently. Each of the three main villains, driving through the sun-lit streets of San Francisco, delivering violence and death, leave up with strongly etched character studies. The locations are wonderful, particularly the ice rink. It's a privilege to sit back, follow, a simple, well-woven plot and travel back in time to a place you never been, yet know pretty intimately anyways. Films that flow with such ease are becoming rare items

This would be a great double bill with Bullitt or Dirty Harry. Heck, it would be a great double bill with anything.


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