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Private Hell 36
     

Private Hell 36

Director: Don Siegel, Ida Lupino, Steve Cochran, Howard Duff

Cast: Don Siegel, Ida Lupino, Steve Cochran, Howard Duff

 

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Private Hell 36 was one of the last feature-length efforts by Filmmakers, a company created by producer Collier Young and his then-wife Ida Lupino. Young and Lupino also wrote the script for this grim crime melodrama, wherein two detectives Cal Bruner (Steve Cochran) and Jack Farnham (Howard Duff Lupino's future husband) are assigned to track down $300,000

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Private Hell 36 was one of the last feature-length efforts by Filmmakers, a company created by producer Collier Young and his then-wife Ida Lupino. Young and Lupino also wrote the script for this grim crime melodrama, wherein two detectives Cal Bruner (Steve Cochran) and Jack Farnham (Howard Duff Lupino's future husband) are assigned to track down $300,000 stolen in a bloody hold-up. The two cops manage to locate $80,000 of the booty, whereupon Bruner, not the most ethical of men, suggests that he and Farnham split the money 50-50 and keep their mouths shut. When Farnham decides to turn honest and hand the money over to his superiors, Bruner responds with the business end of his revolver. The very small cast is rounded out by Dean Jagger as the detectives' boss and Dorothy Malone as Duff's understandably worried wife.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Private Hell 36 is ultimately a rather standard police flick with noir overtones, but it's worth watching for a number of reasons. Director Don Siegel is not turning in the best work of his career, but he's still in firm command here, directing at all times efficiently and at times going beyond that into the electrifying. The latter is evident in the two big gun battles that bookend the film and that demonstrate Siegel's ability to create tension and excitement with seeming ease. Hell also has at its disposal a superior cast. Ida Lupino, world weary but vulnerable, is always a plus. Her role in Hell is not as well written as one might wish, but she makes the most of what is essentially a supporting part. In an even smaller role, Dorothy Malone is aces, but it's the male leads who really do the best work here. Howard Duff is quite convincing as the good cop who has a moment of weakness, and Steve Cochran turns in really impressive work as the tortured, bitter cop. The plotting gets awkward in places, and there's too much that's familiar, but overall Hell is a decent way to pass the time.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/21/2012
UPC:
0887090045506
Original Release:
1954
Rating:
NR
Source:
Olive Films
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W, Wide Screen]
Time:
1:21:00
Sales rank:
30,972

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ida Lupino Lilli Marlowe
Steve Cochran Cal Bruner
Howard Duff Jack Farnham
Dean Jagger Capt. Michaels
Dorothy Malone Francey Farnham
King Donovan Burglar
Budget Duff Baby Famham
Kenneth Patterson Superior Officer
Jerry Hausner Nightclub Boss
Dabbs Greer Bartender
Chris O'Brien Coroner
George Dockstader Fugitive
Jim Hawkins Delivery Boy

Technical Credits
Don Siegel Director
Edward Boyle Set Decoration/Design
T.A. Carman Sound/Sound Designer
John Franco Songwriter
Burnett Guffey Cinematographer
Walter E. Keller Art Director
Ida Lupino Producer,Screenwriter
David Newell Makeup
Leith Stevens Score Composer
Stanford Tischler Editor
Howard Wilson Sound/Sound Designer
Collier Young Producer,Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Private Hell 36
1. Opening [:12]
2. Book Him [5:31]
3. $50 Counterfeit Bill [10:46]
4. Crazy About Horses [9:23]
5. The Loot [13:55]
6. Eat, Drink and Be Merry [9:33]
7. No Fingerprints [10:38]
8. Rich Uncle [10:04]

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