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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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THEY LIVE BY NIGHT... (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

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

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: Wanting it and taking it are two different things...
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Featured in Pulp Cinema (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Didn't You Know?
Written by John Franco
Performed by Ida Lupino (uncredited)
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Solid film noir
4 December 2001 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Cops Cochran and Duff investigate stolen money from a robbery that involved murder. When a stolen bill is dropped to a nightclub singer the cops use her to identify the man who gave it to her. However when the thief is killed in a car chase the two cops, one with a family the other with an expensive girlfriend, decide to take the money and hide it in a trailer park (hence the title). But with time comes pressure from within and without to come clean.

This film came from Ida Lupino's filmaker company and was co-scripted by her and she plays the nightclub singer who can identify the killer. She is good in the role and gets plenty of help from young director Don Siegel. This is pretty small beer by his standard but it's still a pretty good thriller all the same. Some scenes are brilliant - the opening robbery of a drug store for one, while others are just good. But the gritty story isn't as good as I was hoping.

Overall a solid thriller from a good team of director and actors but it doesn't really have anything that makes it stand out from other crime thrillers of the same period.


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