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Private Hell 36 (1954)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 3 September 1954 (USA)
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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Francey Farnham
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Hausner, Nightclub Owner
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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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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Trivia

According to Don Siegel in his biography, he and Ida Lupino - whose the producing company belonged to - often argued about some over the shoulders camera shots. They hardly understood each other. See more »

Goofs

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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Jack Farnham: Wanting it and taking it are two different things...
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Didn't You Know?
Written by John Franco
Performed by Ida Lupino (uncredited)
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Vintage Film Noir
22 May 2000 | by (Pittsburgh, PA) – See all my reviews

Strangely paced but generally effective film noir with clever echoes of Dostoevsky's "Crime and Punishment", about an unprincipled cop (Steve Cochran) who tries to get his honest partner (Howard Duff) to go along with making off with $80,000 in stolen loot.

Co-written by twitchy, slinky actress Ida Lupino, who gives herself a juicy part, it moves along in fits and starts but has a kind of wobbly, dizzy energy that exerts a certain pull. Sort of like an ice skater that trips up a couple times in the middle of her routine, but gamely sees it through to the end.

I've seen Steve Cochran now in three films ("Tomorrow is Another Day", and "I, Mobster" being the others) and it's clear that he was an actor in command of his craft. He had a very sly, sturdy appeal; he always seems to be laying back, calculating the odds, sizing up the other guy (or girl), figuring his chances. Watching his and Lupino's verbal chess match after they first meet and he is questioning her about what she knows, is pretty close to acting heaven.

It all leads up to a nifty, suitably stark finish, and an arresting closing shot.


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