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Private Hell 36 (1954)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 3 September 1954 (USA)
When 2 detectives steal $80,000 from a dead robber, one of them suffers from a guilty conscience which could lead to murder.

Director:

Don Siegel

Writers:

Collier Young (written for the screen by), Ida Lupino (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ida Lupino ... Lilli Marlowe
Steve Cochran ... Cal Bruner
Howard Duff ... Jack Farnham
Dean Jagger ... Capt. Michaels
Dorothy Malone ... Francey Farnham
Bridget Duff Bridget Duff ... Bridget Farnham
Jerry Hausner ... Hausner, Nightclub Owner
Dabbs Greer ... Sam Marvin, Bartender
Chris O'Brien Chris O'Brien ... Coroner
Kenneth Patterson Kenneth Patterson ... Det. Lieutenant Lubin (as Ken Patterson)
George Dockstader George Dockstader ... Fugitive
Jimmy Hawkins ... Delivery Boy
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Storyline

Two detectives are investigating a robbery in which $300,000 was taken. Their investigation leads them to the main player and they find the cash, but one of them has meanwhile fallen hard for a woman with expensive tastes, and though he desperately wants to keep her, he knows that a cop's salary isn't going to be enough for her. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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These are night faces... Living on the edge of evil and violence! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 September 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Baby Face Killers See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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About half way through the film there's a brief high-speed car chase--two cops in an unmarked '54 Ford chase the fugitive who's driving a '46 or '47 Packard. The picture was made in '54 so the Ford is new and the Packard is at least 7 years old, but both are in good shape. A couple of times there is a close look through the windows at the drivers of "both cars." Actually the cops and the fugitive are shown in the seat of the same beat-up car with dents in the metal window frames, a shabby cloth head liner and broken weather stripping around door edges. The studio must have had a stationary car that "rocked" to resemble the movements of a real car speeding over bumps and around curves, which they used for both the cops and the fugitive. See more »

Goofs

At the very end, when Farnham is leaning wounded against the trailer, he says he recognizes the voice of a police officer as being the voice of the "partner", the mysterious man who called to get the money back. However, it is Bruner, and not Farnham, who had him on the phone. Farnham would not be able to recognize his voice. See more »

Quotes

Jack Farnham: Wanting it and taking it are two different things...
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Didn't You Know?
Written by John Franco
Performed by Ida Lupino (uncredited)
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Cochran Steals More Than the Money
20 December 2010 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Cop partners are tempted into stealing robbery loot, causing tension between them and troubles for their women.

The crime drama may be a potboiler, but it's also redeemed by an effective cast. And that's despite one of the most obtuse film titles in Hollywood annals. Actually, the movie amounts to a Steve Cochran showcase, showing what that swarthy actor could do given the chance. Nonetheless, the competition's pretty stiff from Duff and Lupino, while Malone would have to wait a year for her break-through role in Battle Cry (1955).

Cochran and Lupino do make a convincing tarnished couple, as another reviewer points out. At the same time, Cochran's devious cop amounts to one of the most unself-conscious performances I've seen from an actor. Note how at ease he is in the role, as if he really is cop Bruner.

It's also director Don Siegel, a year away from his classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956). His skills are especially apparent in that opening action sequence that hooks the audience right away. Also, the car-wreck scene is really well done—no stock footage there— including the smoothly executed thievery scene. However, the last sequence, in the trailer park, appears too abrupt and poorly staged, as though the production had run out of film or money or both.

Kudos to co-producer Lupino who continued to be instrumental in turning out quality B- movies at a time when TV was slowing demand. Nothing memorable here, just a solid little crime drama with an expert cast.


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