The Lineup: A Hot, Cold Blooded Noir

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THE LINEUP (1958; starring Eli Wallach, Robert Keith, Richard Jaeckel, Mary La Roche; directed by Don Siegel; 75 min.; DVD with commentary, available from Netflix or from Amazon as part of a boxed set, “Columbia Film Noir Classics I”)

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the-lineupIT WAS TOO BIG to be just another TV episode. In fact, it was “The manhunt they had to put on the giant-sized movie theater screen!” That tagline is referring to the popular television show of the same name, later known in syndication as San Francisco Beat. It had been on the air since 1954 when this feature-length version was made.

It’s 1958. We’re near Fisherman’s Wharf, when a porter grabs a suitcase from a disembarking passenger, (played by Raymond Bailey, famous as the banker, Mr. Drysdale, on The Beverly Hillbillies TV show). The porter tosses it in a cab, which quickly tears away, only to end…

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