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Private Hell 36

3.9 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews

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Two Los Angeles detectives follow a singer to stolen cash, and keep it. Directed by Don Siegel.

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  • Actors: Ida Lupino, Steve Cochran, Howard Duff, Dean Jagger, Dorothy Malone
  • Directors: Don Siegel
  • Writers: Ida Lupino, Collier Young
  • Producers: Collier Young
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Widescreen, NTSC, Anamorphic, Black & White
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Olive Films
  • DVD Release Date: August 21, 2012
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0086IMP9M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,415 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Would make a perfect double feature with DOUBLE INDEMNITY.

A man in NYC is murdered and robbed of $300,000 in marked money. A year later some of the bills start showing up in Los Angeles. Detectives Bruner and Farnum are assigned to follow the money trail. It leads to lounge singer Ida Lupino and eventually tension and backstabbing between the two partners.

It might not be action-packed, but I enjoyed it quite a bit. The acting is top-notch. The story is interesting and hard-boiled. The direction by Don Siegel - who'd later go on to direct DIRTY HARRY- is excellent with numerous scenes shot on city streets and the horse track (I loved watching the crowd and seeing the old cars). Any fan of classic film noir and older crime movies should have this in their collection. If it came out on DVD I'd buy it in a second.

D: Don Siegel (THE KILLERS, INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS)

Lilli Marlowe - Ida Lupino (THEY DRIVE BY NIGHT, HIGH SIERRA)

Cal Bruner - Steve Cochran (WHITE HEAT, THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES)

Jack Farnham - Howard Duff (BRUTE FORCE, THE NAKED CITY)

Captain Michaels - Dean Jagger (ELMER GANTRY, BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK)

Francey Farnham - Dorothy Malone (BASIC INSTINCT, THE BIG SLEEP)

Sam Marvin, bartender - Dabbs Greer (THE GREEN MILE, INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS)
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Ida Lupino co-authored the screenplay, co-produced the film and is the only reason to get on board with this underproduced and dully directed picture. It is enough. She is alluring and dynamic holding not only the screen but the entire picture together. The supporting cast, Steve Cochran, Howard Duff and Dean Jagger are all more than adequate in their perfunctory way. Dorothy Malone, co-starred but barely in the picture, registers in her brief part as Duff's on-screen wife. The Blu Ray presentation is satisfactory but not more than that.
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Good minor noir. Ida Lupino shines throughout. What comes through is what an intelligent actress she was. It is no surprise that she excelled as a director and screenwriter in other noir features. She definitely was a pioneer for women in Hollywood. The other actors in the film were very good. The theme of corrupt cops is a touchy subject that was often handled very well in films in the 1940's and 1050's. Somehow today we have become very timid as a culture in acknowledging that criminal behavior and corruption exist in our nation's police force. I'm not sure this film could be made today. Any criticism of the police today is seen as supporting criminals. As a society, this would be a big mistake. As the film shows, we are all vulnerable to temptation and greed. I wish today we could feel free enough to make these kind of films.
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Directed by the often great Don Siegel (though not here) and co-starring the way-under-appreciated Ida Lupino (though not here) we get a mediocre grade yawn noir with a story twist that ain't so twisty. Maybe I'm being a little hard on the film, but I was truly expecting an unheralded gem that had been hidden away for 50+ years. Nope. It's not a bad or a good film and it's WAY overpriced.
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IDA LUPINO BRINGS HER TOP GAME TO THE SCREEN. HER CHARACTER IS A CYNICAL WORLD WISE WOMAN.
BUT DEEP DOWN IS LOOKING FOR A LOVING RELATIONSHIP WITH A FEW BUCKS THROWN IN FOR GOOD
MEASURE. 2 COP'S FIND STOLEN MONEY, AND ONE OF THEM KEEPS SOME OF IT FOR HIM SELF.
GUESS WHICH ONE IS THE BAD COP? HOWARD DUFF&STEVE COCHRAN PLAY THE 2 COP'S.
THE GREAT DEAN JAGGER IS ALSO IN THIS SPECIAL FILM NOIR.
THIS FILM IS WORTH ADDING TO YOUR NOIR COLLECTION!
P.S. VIDEO BEAT:DVD.
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My friends and I immediately took to this terrific film being fans of the great Lupino. She also took part in the writing. Cochrane is excellent as the bad guy in a surprise twist. When he slaps Lupino it really hurts. Great suspense leading to a surprise ending. Will be looking at this one repeatibly.
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Amazingly good acting by every actor in this story about two cops who are close friends and "partners" in their work. Investigating a major theft of cash they find a large amount of it in a suitcase when the thief crashes his car and is killed. One of the cops can't resist helping himself to some of the cash and he talks the other into participating. From there on other investigators get closer and closer to the truth and there's death for one of the guys. Returning to the subject of the acting, each actor does a beautiful job expressing the complex motivations and feelings of their characters, even Steve Cochran whose performances of rotten crooks in other movies were usually one-sided. Unusual camera work, too, and beautiful directing.
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A decent little noir... great cast and director, but somewhat unfulfilled with curious gaps. Steve Cochran is great! I wish the ending had a moment with Ida Lupino (no Ida movie is bad!), but some dubious editing left the ending rather odd. The buildup of the plot works well, and the actors are fine, but the movie leaves something to be desired. The film quality is excellent considering the age, audio and video reasonably clean. All in all, worth it, but not up to the best noir or even the best Don Seigal (Director).
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