- Actors: Ida Lupino, Steve Cochran, Howard Duff, Dean Jagger
- Directors: Don Siegel
- Format: Black & White, Original recording remastered, Widescreen, NTSC
- Language: English
- Region: Region A/1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Number of discs: 1
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- Studio: Team Marketing
- Release Date: Oct. 1 2015
- Average Customer Review: Be the first to review this item
- ASIN: B0086IMP1A
Private Hell 36 [Blu-ray]
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Plausible and real-seeming drama
on August 20, 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
Ida Lupino must have been one of the most broadly talented women ever to favor Hollywood with her labors -- acting, directing, writing (as per the shared credit she gets for this script), even a passable lounge singer as in this film and another I remember called "Road House." Here she's a hard-boiled entertainer who succumbs to a seeming chance at happiness only to find . . . well, Howard Duff and Steve Cochran register well as cop teammates who can't seem to think through the effects of their next moves. Dorothy Malone is always fine, and this is a great chance to see other old pros like Dean Jagger as the guys' police boss. Solid story and good twist at the end -- engrossing all the way and stands up very well among 1950s ordinary-people-in-trouble films.
3 people found this helpful.
Good minor noir
on October 25, 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
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.
Amazingly good acting and directing in a film from a small, independent studio
on July 18, 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
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.
great cast and director
on October 4, 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
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).
Neither a private hell nor heaven
on April 28, 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
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.