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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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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 frankfob2@yahoo.com

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3 September 1954 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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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 »


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 »


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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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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