***spoilers*** what a stupid movie
What a stupid plot this story has, all because "the man" is nothing but a scriptwriter's weak fantasy, a mere convience to make the plot go and any resemblence to persons living or dead purely non-existant.
1. "The man" needs people flown in from Miami to pick up his drugs? Who's he going to fly in to kill Dancer?
2. He does his own pickups in a public place in person? In a wheelchair?
3. What a stupid plan. The pickups from the people off the boat all have to be done within a few hours in one afternoon? These people don't even know they're carrying, they could be anywhere, visiting relatives, running errands, keeping appointments, whatever. No one is following them. And evidentally the only solution to not finding them in time would be to kill the guys doing the pickups.
4. He has heroin put in a packet under the dresses of a doll given to a kid, where she can find it? And we all know taking a favorite dolly from a little girl is easy, right? She'll never miss it or make a fuss. Not to mention that other plot convienence - if a hotel maid hadn't walked up to Dancer, a complete stranger to her, and given him the woman's daily plans, how would the guys have found her and the child in time for the drop?
5. Heroin in flatware? This is the best the writer could come up with? "The man" really expects those people to just turn over their newly-purchased silverware to a complete stranger without checking it out?
6. A successful crime boss underestimating the psychopathic qualities of hitmen? Not that Dancer seems all that psychopathic anyway, but how many brains does it take to think a hired assassin, once a death sentence has been handed him and he has nothing to lose, might do something rash?
"The Lineup" is a typical stupid police crime drama, where the crooks are artificially stupid and the cops artificially smart. The big climax comes because a motorcycle beat cop, based only on a generic description of two guys with tans (obviously no one in California has a tan), picks them out as they pass in a car with another guy, a woman, and a child?
I had visions of the main cops chasing all over town for every report of a guy with a tan, but of course false leads would be inconvienent for the story, and story convienence is what's ruling this drama. If it wasn't for Eli Wallach's fine performance and the background shots of late 50's San Francisco, this movie would be a real stinker - the worst kind of TV drama warmed over.