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Private Property (1960)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 24 April 1960 (USA)
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An arrogant criminal offers to seduce a woman for his dim, sexually inexperienced partner.


Leslie Stevens


Leslie Stevens (dramatist)



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Cast overview:
Kate Manx ... Ann Carlyle
Corey Allen ... Duke
Warren Oates ... Boots
Jerome Cowan ... Ed Hogate
Robert Wark Robert Wark ... Roger Carlyle
Jules Maitland Jules Maitland ... Robbery Victim


Duke and Boots, two young thugs, hold up a California gas-station owner. Duke, viral and savage, taunts the slower and psychologically-confused Boots because he has never made a sexual conquest. Duke offers to seduce a woman for Boots and the pair force a passing motorist to pursue a sports car driven by Ann Carlyle, the lustful wife of a insurance-company executive who has some desires of her own not being met by her husband. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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And the Man Who Owned Her Didn't Even Know She Was a "TWITCH"! See more »


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Release Date:

24 April 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Private Property! See more »


Box Office


$60,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Ben Gazzara was approached to play Duke, but turned said offer down. See more »


Jerome Cowan's character describes his car as a 1954 Buick Skylark, but the car used in the film is a 1953 model (which has a slightly different design - different front hood badge and front bumper 'bullets'). See more »


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A Psycho-Sexual Thrill Ride from 1960
17 November 2016 | by mackjay2See all my reviews

This legendary, presumed lost film is now available is very good print on blu-ray and DVD. Was it worth the wait? I'd say yes. PRIVATE PROPERTY is artfully photographed and has a very capable cast who give convincing performances. The film is short and to the point: a crime thriller with some subtext, that holds a viewer's interest and sustains plenty of tension. It's not some lost masterpiece, but an accomplished minor film that is somewhat ahead of its time in frankness about some sexual matters.

Corey Allen (Duke), Warren Oates (Boots) play drifters who have apparently just met. Duke is the stronger personality and clearly a manipulating sociopath. He dominates Boots, promising a sexual initiation with a beautiful suburban housewife Ann (Kate Manx). The men have followed Ann to her home by way of nearly car-jacking another driver (Hollywood veteran Jerome Cowan). They hole up in an unoccupied house next door and watch Ann as she swims and sunbathes. All the while, Duke stokes Boots' sexual frustration. It's never clear just how much Boots actually wants Ann. He's clearly under Duke's spell, and soon Ann will be as well. Once Ann's husband leaves on a business trip the film kicks into high gear. There is a nice, moody, late-50s feeling to much of this film, especially in the scenes set inside Ann's home. But unlike most films of the era, PRIVATE PROPERTY has a frankness about sexual matters and sociopathy. Possibly only PSYCHO or PEEPING TOM (both also released in 1960) dared to openly portray violent sexual deviancy in similar ways. PRIVATE PROPERTY is nowhere near those films, artistically speaking, but it's still pretty strong stuff to watch. Leslie Steven's direction is economical and well paced. Thanks to Ted D. McCord, the film has an attractive look, occasionally resembling TV drama from the period. Pete Rugolo's score adds a lot to the atmosphere. Best of all are the actors. Manx is very affecting and it's too bad she did not appear in more films. Corey Allen (always underrated, even after a well- remembered sequence in REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE) gives the strongest performance. He's very adept at playing on the other characters' weaknesses to achieve his own ends. And Warren Oates at the beginning of his career is a standout as the weak-willed, sexually conflicted Boots. It's great to finally have this film in such a terrific edition.

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