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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

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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Crime | Film-Noir | Drama

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11 June 1958 (USA)  »

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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

Dancer (Eli Wallach) uses a silencer on a revolver. Silencers do not work on revolvers. See more »

Quotes

Dorothy Bradshaw: [while being held captive, in distress] What kind of men are you?
Julian: See, you cry. That's why women have no place in society. Women are weak. Crying's aggressive and so's the law. Ordinary people of your class, you don't understand the criminal's need for violence.
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Remake of The Lineup (1954) See more »

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Lots To Like In This Late-'50s Noir
30 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There were a number of things to like in this movie such as the camera-work, the strange characters and some unique dialog.

To me, the best of the lines were said by the "old" crook, "Julian," played by Robert Keith. To give you idea, "Julian" was writing a book on people's last words after his partner "Dancer" ( Eli Walllach) killed them!! Keith was really interesting to listen to, and did a great job on this role. Actually, Wallach was great, too, playing a clean-shaven whacked-out villain in this story. (Eli would grow a beard and become famous two years after this movie, playing the Mexican villain in "The Magnificent Seven.")

On the other side of the ledger, Warner Anderson (Lt. Ben Guthrie") is perfect for the ultra-straight-laced-looking cop. His partner, "Inspector Al Quine," was played by Emile Meyer. He should be a familiar face to you older folks as Meyer usually played a sadistic bad guy on his numerous TV roles and had a face you couldn't forget! It was odd seeing him as a low-key cop instead of some sadist.

Richard Jaekel as the driver of the two criminals also was different, and had good lines, too, I thought.....so I definitely enjoyed watching this cast.

I enjoyed the story. I wish more late 1950s film noir movies were made because they are a little different. The only surprise I had was that I expected a faster-paced film knowing it was a Don Siegel movie. But, it was still the '50s and not the days yet of "Dirty Harry" so the films will be slower, I suppose, even with an "action" director like Siegel. The story started off with a bang but then started slowing down, almost to standstill after 30-40 minutes but began picking up when Wallach entered the scene, and then got more intense as it went on. The ending is really wild with a couple of shocking scenes.


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