Private Hell 36 (1954)

80-81 mins | Drama | September 1954

Director:

Don Siegel

Producer:

Collier Young

Cinematographer:

Burnett Guffey

Production Designer:

Walter E. Keller

Production Company:

Filmakers Productions, Inc.
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HISTORY

A 3 Nov 1954 DV news item reported that it was possible that Edmond O'Brien would be cast opposite Ida Lupino and Howard Duff. Producer Collier Young was Lupino's ex-husband, but still a partner in their The Filmakers company. At the time of this film's production, Lupino was married to Howard Duff, and their infant daughter Bridget made a brief appearance in the film. Some reviewers were disturbed by the film's depiction of corruption among police officers. The HR reviewer complained that "the movies are in great danger of over-doing the crooked policeman cycle and, at a vital time, of creating a false and unfavorable impression of American law enforcement methods in foreign countries. This is the third film to be previewed on this subject in as many days." Private Hell marked the first feature film credit of director-screenwriter Sam Peckinpah (1925--1984). Peckinpah, whose full name was David Samuel Peckinpah, was credited as David Peckinpah on the film. ... More Less

A 3 Nov 1954 DV news item reported that it was possible that Edmond O'Brien would be cast opposite Ida Lupino and Howard Duff. Producer Collier Young was Lupino's ex-husband, but still a partner in their The Filmakers company. At the time of this film's production, Lupino was married to Howard Duff, and their infant daughter Bridget made a brief appearance in the film. Some reviewers were disturbed by the film's depiction of corruption among police officers. The HR reviewer complained that "the movies are in great danger of over-doing the crooked policeman cycle and, at a vital time, of creating a false and unfavorable impression of American law enforcement methods in foreign countries. This is the third film to be previewed on this subject in as many days." Private Hell marked the first feature film credit of director-screenwriter Sam Peckinpah (1925--1984). Peckinpah, whose full name was David Samuel Peckinpah, was credited as David Peckinpah on the film. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
11 Sep 1954.
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Daily Variety
31 Aug 54
p. 3.
Film Daily
1 Sep 54
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
31 Aug 54
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
31 Aug 1954.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
4 Sep 54
p. 129.
New York Times
4 Sep 54
p. 6.
Variety
1 Sep 54
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Wrt for the screen by
Wrt for the screen by
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITORS
Supv film ed
Asst film ed
SET DECORATOR
MUSIC
Mus comp and cond
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Tech adv
SOURCES
SONGS
"Didn't You Know?" words and music by John Franco.
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Release Date:
September 1954
Production Date:
began early June 1954 at Republic Studios
Copyright Claimant:
Filmakers Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
3 September 1954
Copyright Number:
LP5609
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound Recording
Black and White
Widescreen/ratio
1.85:1
Duration(in mins):
80-81
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
17084
SYNOPSIS

In New York, a man is killed and robbed of $300,000 on his way to a bank night depository. A year later, as Los Angeles police detective Calhoun Bruner is walking home one night, he happens upon a drug store burglary in process, shoots one of the two burglars and arrests the other. The police then discover that some of the money the burglar took is "hot" and from the New York robbery, for which no arrests have been made. When Captain Michaels asks the drug store owner where a particular $50 bill came from, the druggist tells them that he received it, as payment for filling a prescription, from a bartender at a local night club. The next day, Cal and his colleague, Jack Farnham, interview the bartender, who tells them that he borrowed the bill from Lilli Marlowe, a singer who works at the club. Unfortunately, Lilli can only give a very vague description of the drunk who gave her the bill. After more bills show up at the Hollywood Race Track, Michaels asks Lilli to go on a stakeout with Cal and Jack in the hope that she may recognize the man. Although several days at the track prove fruitless, a romance develops between Cal and Lilli. On yet another day at the track, while checking cars leaving the parking lot, Lilli spots the man and Cal and Jack chase after him, but the fugitive's car crashes off the road and he is killed. In the wreck, Cal and Jack find a metal box full of money and Cal takes four wads of bills. Jack does not want to be involved in this theft and after ... +


In New York, a man is killed and robbed of $300,000 on his way to a bank night depository. A year later, as Los Angeles police detective Calhoun Bruner is walking home one night, he happens upon a drug store burglary in process, shoots one of the two burglars and arrests the other. The police then discover that some of the money the burglar took is "hot" and from the New York robbery, for which no arrests have been made. When Captain Michaels asks the drug store owner where a particular $50 bill came from, the druggist tells them that he received it, as payment for filling a prescription, from a bartender at a local night club. The next day, Cal and his colleague, Jack Farnham, interview the bartender, who tells them that he borrowed the bill from Lilli Marlowe, a singer who works at the club. Unfortunately, Lilli can only give a very vague description of the drunk who gave her the bill. After more bills show up at the Hollywood Race Track, Michaels asks Lilli to go on a stakeout with Cal and Jack in the hope that she may recognize the man. Although several days at the track prove fruitless, a romance develops between Cal and Lilli. On yet another day at the track, while checking cars leaving the parking lot, Lilli spots the man and Cal and Jack chase after him, but the fugitive's car crashes off the road and he is killed. In the wreck, Cal and Jack find a metal box full of money and Cal takes four wads of bills. Jack does not want to be involved in this theft and after the police investigators leave, tells Cal that they must return the cash, reminding him that it is marked money. However, Cal takes him to a trailer park where he has hidden the money in a small trailer, Number 36, which he has rented, and convinces Jack to go along with his plans. Later, Cal brings Lilli to dinner at Jack's house where she meets Jack's wife Francey and their infant daughter, but is puzzled by the tension between the men as Jack is drinking heavily and is filled with self-loathing. On their way home, Lilli tels Cal that she intends to work in Las Vegas for a while, but he convinces her that they are alike and she decides to stay. The next morning, Michaels tells Cal and Jack that $200,000 of the missing $300,000 was recovered at the accident scene, but he feels that the driver may have had a partner. Later, a man identifying himself as the partner phones Cal, after having seen his name and photo in a newspaper story about the investigation. He demands the money Cal took and blackmails both Cal and Jack. Although Cal and Lilli make plans to leave for Mexico to be married, Jack tells Cal that they they are not going to give the money to the partner but will turn it in to Michaels and come clean. Cal finally appears to agree and they head for the trailer. When Jack leaves the trailer with the cash in a paper sack, Cal attempts to shoot him but is interrupted by the voice of the partner, who accuses them of a double cross. Cal tells the man to shoot Jack, but when he fails to do so, Cal shoots Jack in the back. As he attempts another shot, Cal is shot and killed. Michaels emerges from the shadows, makes Jack comfortable and tells him that one of his men had impersonated the fictitious partner as he had suspected that they had taken the cash. +

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