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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.

Director:

Don Siegel

Writers:

Collier Young (written for the screen by), Ida Lupino (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ida Lupino ... Lilli Marlowe
Steve Cochran ... Cal Bruner
Howard Duff ... Jack Farnham
Dean Jagger ... Capt. Michaels
Dorothy Malone ... Francey Farnham
Bridget Duff Bridget Duff ... Bridget Farnham
Jerry Hausner ... Hausner, Nightclub Owner
Dabbs Greer ... Sam Marvin, Bartender
Chris O'Brien Chris O'Brien ... Coroner
Kenneth Patterson Kenneth Patterson ... Det. Lieutenant Lubin (as Ken Patterson)
George Dockstader George Dockstader ... Fugitive
Jimmy Hawkins ... 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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These are the Night Faces...living on the edge of evil and violence...making their own(...) See more »

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 September 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Baby Face Killers See more »

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Production Co:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

About half way through the film there's a brief high-speed car chase--two cops in an unmarked '54 Ford chase the fugitive who's driving a '46 or '47 Packard. The picture was made in '54 so the Ford is new and the Packard is at least 7 years old, but both are in good shape. A couple of times there is a close look through the windows at the drivers of "both cars." Actually the cops and the fugitive are shown in the seat of the same beat-up car with dents in the metal window frames, a shabby cloth head liner and broken weather stripping around door edges. The studio must have had a stationary car that "rocked" to resemble the movements of a real car speeding over bumps and around curves, which they used for both the cops and the fugitive. See more »

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When Bruner and Farnham celebrate the official conclusion of the case at home with the ladies, the coffee table seems to have a loose leg. However, Farnham very obviously kicks off the loose leg with his left foot so that it can fall off. See more »

Quotes

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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Vintage Film Noir
22 May 2000 | by abooboo-2See 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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