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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.

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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 »

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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 »

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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

Dancer was not only Eli Wallach's second movie role, but the first of his movie characters to have died by the end of the film. 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 »

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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References 12 Angry Men (1957) See more »

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Polly Wolly Doodle
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Nobody Made Them Nastier Than Don Siegel
18 November 2007 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

This movie is one shocking scene after another. They're connected, to be sure. It's a very well crafted film. But it;s like the "This Is Cinerama" of shocking brutal effects.

Eli Wallach, right out of his brilliant performance in the sublime "Baby Doll," plays a psychopath. His mentor is Robert Keith. They have a very strange relationship: Keith, though a cold blooded criminal, is very strict about grammar and manners. Wallach wants to learn from him.

Add to this twosome a blond, prettied-up Richard Jaeckel as their eager driver. (See my comments on the pros and cons of gay hit men in fifties movies under my comments on "Murder By Contract." At least people saw them but they were far from role models. Better than the swishy stereotypes of earlier decades but portrayed most unflatteringly nevertheless.

We have a scene in a steam room. We have nuns and children. We have a terrific car chase.

I'm not giving away any plot. I'll say only that these boys don't play nice -- or nicely as the Dancer (Wallach) character would have it.

It's a brilliant movie. It's one of Siegel's most polished and very best.


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