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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Complete credited cast:
Lilli Marlowe
Cal Bruner
Jack Farnham
Capt. Michaels
Francey Farnham
Bridget Duff ...
Bridget Farnham
Jerry Hausner ...
Hausner, Nightclub Owner
Sam Marvin, Bartender
Chris O'Brien ...
Kenneth Patterson ...
Det. Lieutenant Lubin (as Ken Patterson)
George Dockstader ...
Delivery Boy


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

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Release Date:

3 September 1954 (USA)  »

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Baby Face Killers  »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


During the first stakeout sequence at Hollywood Park, Lilli complains that they've been "at this" for five days. But later that night, Cal remarks that it's been three days. See more »


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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Written by John Franco
Performed by Ida Lupino (uncredited)
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Good noir film with some solid acting.
27 May 2000 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

Very watchable film, especially scenes with Steve Cochran. He is absolutely beautiful to look at, one of the most gorgeous men ever captured on film. He is also the best actor of the cast, bringing a sly grace to his role. He seems very on target as a cop who sees an opportunity to get rich off of money from a dead murder suspect. Ida Lupino does a capable job as the object of his lust, but she was a bit long in the tooth at that point, and just didn't "fit" as a femme fatale. Howard Duff went way overboard in his portrayal of the "good" cop. His teeth-clenching, jaw-rubbing portrayal of moral dilemma was kind of strained. Dorothy Malone did a suprisingly good job as Duff's wife. Her performance in the film was one of the most subtle she ever gave. The film suffered when it got really bogged down in the middle as they searched for the suspect at the racetrack. A lot of that should have been trimmed out. Otherwise, a nice film for a rainy afternoon.

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