Private Hell 36

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Private Hell 36
Private hell 36.JPG
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Don Siegel
Produced by Collier Young
Screenplay by Collier Young
Ida Lupino
Starring Ida Lupino
Steve Cochran
Howard Duff
Dean Jagger
Dorothy Malone
Music by Leith Stevens
Cinematography Burnett Guffey
Edited by Stanford Tischler
The Filmakers
Distributed by Filmakers Releasing Organization
Release date
  • September 3, 1954 (1954-09-03) (United States)
Running time
81 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Private Hell 36 is a 1954 crime film noir directed by Don Siegel starring Ida Lupino, Steve Cochran, Howard Duff, Dean Jagger and Dorothy Malone.[1]

The picture was one of the last feature-length efforts by Filmakers, a company created by producer Collier Young and his star and then-wife Ida Lupino.


L.A. police detectives Cal Bruner (Steve Cochran) and Jack Farnham (Howard Duff) get in over their heads when they decide to split up thousands of dollars they found on a recently killed counterfeiter. To make matters worse, they are assigned by their police captain to look for the missing cash.

Things get even worse when one cop gets romantically involved with Lili Marlowe (Ida Lupino), a money-hungry nightclub singer. Farnham decides to turn honest and hand the money over to his superiors, but the other cop decides to take it all.



The racetrack scenes in the film were shot at Hollywood Park Racetrack in Inglewood, California.


Film critic Bosley Crowther wrote a tepid review, "A critic might note that attention is sharply divided between the main theme and the incidental character that Miss Lupino plays. This is somewhat understandable, since Miss Lupino happens to be one of the partners in Filmakers and a coauthor of the script. But let's not worry about it. No deplorable damage is done. There's not very much here to damage. Just an average melodrama about cops."[2]


  1. ^ Private Hell 36 at the American Film Institute Catalog.
  2. ^ Crowther, Bosley. The New York Times, film review, "Private Hell 36,' a Story of Policemen, Has Premiere at the Paramount", September 4, 1954. Accessed: June 23, 2013.

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