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Private Hell 36 (1954)

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

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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 the Night Faces...living on the edge of evil and violence...making their own(...) See more »

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The little baby girl who appears at the beginning of the movie is the daughter of Howard Duff and Ida Lupino. See more »

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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 »

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Lilli Marlowe: Ever since I was a little girl, I dreamed I'd meet a drunken slob in a bar who'd give me fifty bucks and we'd live happily ever after.
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Performed by Ida Lupino (uncredited)
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Solid film noir
4 December 2001 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Cops Cochran and Duff investigate stolen money from a robbery that involved murder. When a stolen bill is dropped to a nightclub singer the cops use her to identify the man who gave it to her. However when the thief is killed in a car chase the two cops, one with a family the other with an expensive girlfriend, decide to take the money and hide it in a trailer park (hence the title). But with time comes pressure from within and without to come clean.

This film came from Ida Lupino's filmaker company and was co-scripted by her and she plays the nightclub singer who can identify the killer. She is good in the role and gets plenty of help from young director Don Siegel. This is pretty small beer by his standard but it's still a pretty good thriller all the same. Some scenes are brilliant - the opening robbery of a drug store for one, while others are just good. But the gritty story isn't as good as I was hoping.

Overall a solid thriller from a good team of director and actors but it doesn't really have anything that makes it stand out from other crime thrillers of the same period.


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