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Private Hell 36 (1954)

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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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Lilli Marlowe
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Cal Bruner
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Jack Farnham
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Capt. Michaels
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Francey Farnham
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Bridget Farnham
Jerry Hausner ...
Hausner, Nightclub Owner
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Sam Marvin, Bartender
Christopher L. O'Brien ...
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Kenneth Patterson ...
Det. Lieutenant Lubin (as Ken Patterson)
George Dockstader ...
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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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THEY LIVE BY NIGHT... (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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3 September 1954 (USA)  »

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Baby Face Killers  »

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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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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 »

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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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Cochran Steals More Than the Money
20 December 2010 | by (Claremont,USA) – See 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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