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Private Property (1960)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 24 April 1960 (USA)
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An arrogant criminal offers to seduce a woman for his dim, sexually inexperienced partner.

Director:

Leslie Stevens

Writer:

Leslie Stevens (dramatist)

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Cast overview:
Kate Manx ... Ann Carlyle
Corey Allen ... Duke
Warren Oates ... Boots
Jerome Cowan ... Ed Hogate
Robert Wark Robert Wark ... Roger Carlyle
Jules Maitland Jules Maitland ... Robbery Victim
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Duke and Boots, two young thugs, hold up a California gas-station owner. Duke, viral and savage, taunts the slower and psychologically-confused Boots because he has never made a sexual conquest. Duke offers to seduce a woman for Boots and the pair force a passing motorist to pursue a sports car driven by Ann Carlyle, the lustful wife of a insurance-company executive who has some desires of her own not being met by her husband. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The boldest story of a planned seduction ever to scald the screen! See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adgang forbudt See more »

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Budget:

$60,000 (estimated)
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Mono

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1.66 : 1
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Ben Gazzara was approached to play Duke, but turned said offer down. See more »

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Roger's taxi from the airport starts out as a 1959 Plymouth. The interior shot shows the rear window of a much older car. Then when it's leaving his house after dropping him off, it's a 1959 Ford. See more »

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Features Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956) See more »

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Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
by Herschel Burke Gilbert and Alfred Perry
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An Uncovered Gem
20 November 2016 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

Duke (Corey Allen) and Boots (Warren Oates), two young thugs, hold up a California gas-station owner. Duke, virile and savage, taunts the slower and psychologically-confused Boots because he has never made a sexual conquest.

This film came about due to press agent Stanley Colbert, who hoped to move Leslie Stevens from Broadway (where he was a playwright) to Hollywood. Along the way, Colbert introduced Sevens to Kate Manx, and they were soon wed. The three combined birthed Daystar Productions, and with it, "Private Property".

The hiring of the camera crew happened by accident, and was fortuitous; the picture looks great. Colbert hired a nobody, Conrad Hall. And Hall brought with him a minor legend: Ted McCord, a veteran of "East of Eden" and "Treasure of Sierra Madre", as well as scores of others. Hall today is better known than McCord, as he went on to great things over the next three decades -- not only as a regular under Stevens on "Outer Limits", but as the cinematographer for such classics as "Cool Hand Luke" and "American Beauty".

How long has this film been buried? Apparently it had become largely lost and forgotten because it couldn't get a production seal in America. Today, the film is tame, but apparently not then. Making a profit in Europe before disappearing, in 2016 it was recovered and given the proper Blu-ray treatment. If nothing else, it deserves this for the names involved: Leslie Stevens (creator of "The Outer Limits"), Corey Allen ("Rebel Without a Cause" and Warren Oates ("Dillinger"). These three men had only just begun in 1960, but were each soon giants in their own way.

But it also stands on its own as an interesting crime film. Part home invasion story, part "Without Warning", and part "Of Mice and Men", it is hard to categorize. Not quite film noir, but still something different. It almost evokes the feeling of a BBS film, something independent that might have been more at home in the 1970s. Coupled with strong performances from the three leads, it is worth tracking down. There is an unusual exchange between Manx and Allen when he reveals that he has been squatting next door that has to be seen to be believed, it is so hypnotic.

The Blu-ray's greatest feature is the film itself, but it also has some highly informative liner notes and an 18-minute interview with photographer Alexander Singer. Singer covers a wide range of topics, from his time on Kubrick's "Killer's Kiss", to the more technical explanations of "softening" the lens and how it has been accomplished over the years.


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