The Lineup (Don Siegel, 1958)

This was made as the feature film spinoff of the eponymous San Francisco police procedural tv series. And a really boring series it must have been. Two ‘stars’ of it are featured, and they are totally forgettable. But…

At 22 mins enter the ‘guest villains’, on a plane from either Chicago OR Miami (both are mentioned). Eli Wallach, a theatre star in his second film, is Dancer, the hitman who worries about grammar. And Robert Keith is his rather donnish ‘coach’, called Julian, gay (as far as you could be in 1958) and collecting the last words of Dancer’s victims ‘for a book’. (Keith is great as fathers in Written On The Wind and Young At Heart.) The duo rendezvous with a bleached, crew-cut Richard Jaeckel as their driver and tour the sights of the city, Dancer bumping people off along the way. (I suspect the Australian Stuart Beattie must have known this film before writing Collateral.)

Stirling Silliphant wrote the screenplay (before going on to write In The Heat Of The Night, The Poseidon Adventure and so many others), revisiting the spirit of Ernest Hemingway’s The Killers, which Don Siegel went on to remake in 1964 with another suit-wearing couple of hitmen, Lee Marvin and Clu Gulager…

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I had a stroke on July 26th, 2013. I was a screenwriter. Don’t do that anymore. But have found another way to write.

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