This film takes place in San Francisco. A taxi driver is helped to steal a suitcase by a porter on a ship docked in the city. Things start to go wrong when the cabbie runs over a policeman. The cabbie has a car accident and he is killed too. Two police inspectors learn that the suitcase belongs to an antiques collector and a statue in the suitcase contains heroin. Another gangster, his partner and their driver are heading out to pick up other heroin shipments hidden in the luggage of other travelers. A mother gave her young daughter a Japanese doll, it contains heroin and the men go to their apartment. They are looking for the doll and they are rough with the girl and her mother.
It is interesting to see all the different places in San Francisco in the period of 1957. The inspectors drive a 1957 Dodge sedan, sometimes a Custom Royal Model and other times a Coronet Model. I liked the story and the cars, clothing, hairstyles and mannerisms of this time period. 3 ½* (I liked this movie)
86 min, Crime directed by Don Siegel with Eli Wallach, Robert Keith, Richard Jaeckel, Mary LaRoche, William Leslie, Emile Meyer, Marshall Reed, Raymond Bailey, Vaughn Taylor, Cheryl Callaway.
Note: Imdb 7.4 out of 10, 83% critic 84% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon 4.8* out of 5* with 19 reviews.
Special Note: Filmed in The Embarcadero, Cliff House, Russian Hill, Kent Street, Jackson Street, Steinhart Aquarium, War Memorial Opera House, Nob Hill Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, Fort Scott Road, U.S. Custom House, Bayshore Boulevard, Legion of Honor Museum, DeYoung Museum, Mark Hopkins Hotel, Pier 41, Sutro Baths, Fulsom Street, Madela Parkway, Oakland, California.