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The Lineup (1958)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 11 June 1958 (USA)
In San Francisco, a psychopathic gangster and his mentor retrieve heroin packages carried by unsuspecting travelers.

Director:

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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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

In the final scene, where the car nearly drives off the end of San Francisco's still-unfinished Embarcadero Freeway, the car was driven by stunt driver Guy Way. Way's wife was in the car with him; he had told her that he was just going to drive the car near the edge of the drop-off--which was about 100 feet--and then stop. What he didn't tell her was that he was actually supposed to accelerate to top speed then slam on the brakes in order to stop just inches from the precipice. Director Don Siegel in an interview recalled that when the shot was complete, Way's wife was so traumatized by the stunt that she had to be dragged from the car, kicking and screaming hysterically. In addition to the stunt, Way was briefly seen on film playing the cab driver who crashes on the Embarcadero at the beginning of the film. See more »

Goofs

Silencers generally do not work on revolvers. See more »

Quotes

Julian: [Contemplating not murdering Bradshaw and her daughter] Are you that wise? I hope so for the sake of you both.
Dorothy Bradshaw: Yes, I'll do whatever you say.
Julian: I'm personally very pleased with your decision because in my profession there's one thing i dislike and that's hearing someone's last words.
[Knowingly to Dancer]
Julian: You know, famous last words.
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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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Worth watching
4 February 2003 | by wllatimerSee all my reviews

Good crime drama with interesting settings and some good action scenes.The movie really showcases San Francisco. Sutro Baths ( now sadly lost in a fire) is the setting for a some excellent scenes. You will also see the Opera House, the Ferry Building, some freeways being built, and other interesting sights. If you want to see how San Francisco looked in 1958 and see some pretty good action and some pretty mean bad guys you will enjoy this one.


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