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, who shoots the perp dead before dying himself. Police 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 young mother have the doll, but when the crooks get possession of it, they find that the heroin has mysteriously vanished.Written by
The movie features a scene in the old Steinhardt Aquarium in Golden Gate Park. The aquarium (also featured in The Lady from Shanghai (1947)) was built in 1923. It was torn down in 2003 and replaced with a new, modern aquarium. An outdoor scene in the park shows the old De Young Museum, which was torn down in 2008 and replaced with a new museum. See more »
In the scene where the passengers are disembarking the ship, Staples gives Dancer the address of the couple as "9020 Jackson." Dancer then relays it to his driver, McLain, as "2090 Jackson." McLain then drives to the correct house on 2090 Jackson Street, which was then being used as the headquarters of the California Historical Society. See more »
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:
Yeah, no self-respectin' witch would bring a broom into this trap.
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Polly Wolly Doodle
Song first published Harvard student songbook in 1880.
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Hard-assed, violent little flick
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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