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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »

Quotes

Jack Farnham: What do we look for now?
Cal Bruner: First we look for a haystack then we look for a needle.
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Featured in Pulp Cinema (2001) See more »

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Didn't You Know?
Written by John Franco
Performed by Ida Lupino (uncredited)
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Solidly Siegel?
23 November 2008 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

No, not really.

Two detectives, Jack Farnham and Cal Bruner are deeply investigating a robbery in which $300,000 was stolen. As their investigation progresses, they, by way of a sultry woman called Lilli Marlowe, manage to find the perp and recover the cash. But Bruner has fallen for Marlowe, and realising she has expensive tastes and that his police salary can not sustain the relationship, he ponders turning to the dark side, with Farnham equally at odds with himself over the pressures of raising a family.

Is Private Hell 36 a Noir film? Well I'm no paid expert on the subject but it certainly has all the ingredients in place. Yet the film, in spite of some watchable attributes, is a largely character driven talky piece of fluff that isn't really raising the bar in film noir. Or, in fact, crime picture history. Certainly it's not a film that screams out that it was directed by Don Siegel. It's a solid premise to work from, and in Ida Lupino (Marlowe) and the great Steve Cochran (Bruner), the picture boasts two very fine performances, with each actor giving the film its emotional weight. A nod of approval also goes to the scoring of the piece by Leith Stevens, as jazzy blues like combos flit in and out to create an ear worthy alliance as our detectives battle with their very conscience. All things considered it's an enjoyable enough piece, but one that fades very quick from the memory. Solid if unspectacular, and reliable if lacking in any major amount of thrills and brain tickling plotting. 5/10


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