Private Hell 36 (1954)

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When 2 detectives steal $80,000 from a dead robber, one of them suffers from a guilty conscience which could lead to murder.


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  • Steve Cochran and Ida Lupino in Private Hell 36 (1954)
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  • Howard Duff, Steve Cochran, and Ida Lupino in Private Hell 36 (1954)
  • Howard Duff, Steve Cochran, and Ida Lupino in Private Hell 36 (1954)
  • Howard Duff, Steve Cochran, and Ida Lupino in Private Hell 36 (1954)
  • Howard Duff, Steve Cochran, and Ida Lupino in Private Hell 36 (1954)

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4 December 2001 | bob the moo
Solid film noir
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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