Blu-ray, DVD Release: Private Hell 36

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug. 21, 2012
Price: DVD $24.95, Blu-ray $29.95
Olive Films

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Ida Lupino may prove to be the wrong woman to get involved with in Private Hell 36.

Ida Lupino (High Sierra) co-wrote and stars in the classic 1954 film noir Private Hell 36, and this release marks its DVD and Blu-ray debut.

The crime drama follows desperate cop Cal Bruner (Steve Cochran, White Heat), who strays off the straight-and-narrow and falls for a hardened lounge singer (Lupino). His affections get in the way of his investigation of a robbery in which $300,000 was taken. And while his detective work leads him and his honest partner (Howard Duff, While the City Sleeps) to the key suspect and they find the cash, Cal is taken by his lady friend—who has expensive tastes—and he sets out on a path that can only lead to betrayal and murder.

Directed with grim efficiency by the great Don Siegel (Invasion of the Body Snatchers), the movie also features Dean Jagger (White Christmas) as the detectives’ Captain and Dorothy Malone (TV’s Rich Man, Poor Man) as Cal’s partner’s understandably worried wife.

Remastered in high definition from an archival 35mm print, Private Hell 36 comes with no bonus features on the DVD and Blu-ray.


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