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The Lineup (1958)

 -  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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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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11 June 1958 (USA)  »

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Contrabando  »

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Trivia

Several locations given in the film are indeed the actual locations used for those scenes in San Francisco. This is unusual, since most addresses given by characters in films are changed to fictitious ones. See more »

Goofs

The dark colored (black) 1957 Dodge sedan used by the police changes back and forth between the high end Custom Royal model and the low end Coronet model. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Ben Guthrie: [Sarcastically as he looks around Jenkins' cheap, unkempt apartment] Jenkins certainly had a great spot here for a Halloween party.
Insp. Al Quine: [Laconically] Yeah, no self-respectin' witch would bring a broom into this trap.
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References An Affair to Remember (1957) See more »

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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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