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The Lineup (1958)

In San Francisco, a psychopathic gangster and his mentor retrieve heroin packages carried by unsuspecting travelers.

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Don Siegel
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Cast

Cast overview:
Eli Wallach ... Dancer
Robert Keith ... Julian
Richard Jaeckel ... Sandy McLain
Mary LaRoche ... Dorothy Bradshaw
William Leslie ... Larry Warner
Emile Meyer ... Insp. Al Quine
Marshall Reed ... Insp. Fred Asher
Raymond Bailey ... Philip Dressler
Vaughn Taylor ... The Man
Cheryl Callaway 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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Starring Eli Wallach (the sensation of "Baby Doll"...as the killer!) See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 June 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Contrabando See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Pajemer Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

Seaman Warner is pointed out to Dancer at the ship just before the noon siren sounds. The next scene shows Warner signing into the steam room at the Seaman's Club. After he is murdered, the police ask the steam room attendant when Warner signed in and are told 11:05. See more »

Quotes

Dancer: [as a dying Julian gasps something unintellible] Say something for the book!
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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 alicepaulSee 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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