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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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Dancer
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Julian
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Sandy McLain
Mary LaRoche ...
Dorothy Bradshaw
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Larry Warner
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Insp. Al Quine
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Insp. Fred Asher
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Philip Dressler
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The Man
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Cindy Bradshaw
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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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When Dancer meets Staples on the dock, a large ship is seen disembarking. It is the S.S. Hunter Victory, a World War II-era merchant ship, which was used as a cargo vessel when filming took place in 1958. This was one of 150 Victory Ships built and named for American colleges and universities. She was launched on May 12, 1945 by Pemanente Metals Corp. in Richmond, California. The ship was named for Hunter College in New York. Only 3 Victory Ships remain, preserved as maritime museums in Tampa, Florida, Los Angeles and Richmond, California. See more »

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When searching the hotel room of the lady for the contents of the little girls doll and coming out of the bathroom, you can see the inside of the studio wall just above the shower wall. See more »

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Dancer: [as a dying Julian gasps something unintellible] Say something for the book!
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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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Another Don Siegel Triumph
6 February 2003 | by (Out there in the dark) – See all my reviews

THE LINEUP is a very well-wrought B movie from the latter days of film noir. By this point in noir history, the dark shadows and oppressive environs were being supplanted by more location shooting and a look that generally derived from television-type production. THE LINEUP, in fact, does have a TV series connection.

Director Don Siegel (INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS, HELL IS FOR HEROES, THE KILLERS) seems always to display the basic mark of a good director: his film are never dull. THE LINEUP opens with a brief, exciting chase scene that grabs attention and sets up for the main plot. Siegel then paces the film nicely, slowly building to more excitement and interest.

Eli Wallach is an inspired choice for a villain. He conveys plenty of insecure vulnerability along with a cold toughness. Among several memorable moments is the scene where Wallach takes the trouble to show a little girl how to use a telescope, amid his own near-panic and dread, as he is about to confront 'The Man'. Undervalued Robert Keith is a bit shocking as a cynical, aging career criminal ("Women have no place in society, they don't appreciate the need for violence" he tells a terrified female victim). Mary La Roche is very fine as that kidnapped victim. And Vaughn Taylor, great stalwart of so much film and TV, is fearsome as 'The Man'.

Siegel takes full advantage of the beautiful San Francisco locations. This title can be added to the list of films that document a bygone era, by using locations that may no longer exist at all or as they are seen here.

Highly recommended.


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