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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
Bridget Duff ...
Bridget Farnham
Jerry Hausner ...
Hausner, Nightclub Owner
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Sam Marvin, Bartender
Christopher L. O'Brien ...
Coroner (as Chris O'Brien)
Kenneth Patterson ...
Det. Lieutenant Lubin (as Ken Patterson)
George Dockstader ...
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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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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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Written by John Franco
Performed by Ida Lupino (uncredited)
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An effective early Siegel
12 November 2007 | by (Derry, Ireland) – See all my reviews

This taut, low-key and highly effective B-movie film noir was an early example of a style that director Don Siegel came to perfect in his later films. Although dealing with robbery and murder it's at its most effective in the small scenes of domesticity between the central characters, a crooked cop, his partner and the women they are both involved with and there are good performances from Steve Cochran, Howard Duff, Ida Lupino and Dorothy Malone in these roles. (Lupino co-wrote the movie with producer Collier Young). Excitement is generated from not knowing exactly which way the characters might go and from the degree of complexity that both the players and writers invest them with. The denouement is a bit of let-down, however, with things tidied up too quickly and too neatly. Still, it's a commendable effort.


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