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I, the Jury (1953)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 14 August 1953 (USA)
Dectective Mike Hammer is determined to catch and kill the person who shot his close friend dead, so he follows clues that lead to a beautiful, seductive woman.

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Pete, Elevator Operator
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Dr. R.H. Vickers
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It's nearly Christmas, but Mike Hammer is on the vengeance trail when Jack, his wartime buddy, is murdered. Hotheaded Hammer sets out to find the killer, working his way through an increasingly large pile of suspects (and corpses). Along the way, he meets a new love interest, psychologist Charlotte Manning, a treacherous Santa, a gangster named Kalecki, and two weird sisters, the Bellamy twins. Written by Mike Rogers <MICHAELPEM@aol.com>

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Originally filmed in 3D. See more »

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Charlotte Manning: Drink, Mr Hammer?
Mike Hammer: No, I'm not much of a champagne drinker, Doc I...
Mike Hammer: [she shows him the bottle] Beer! Pat tell you about too?
Charlotte Manning: No. Jack Williams did. He talked about you quite a lot.
Mike Hammer: That was while you were treating Myrna, isn't it?
Charlotte Manning: Captain Chambers was asking about Myrna when he was here. He wanted to know how strong she was mentally, and whether there was any chance of her resorting to her old habits again
Mike Hammer: There's no chance of that happening, is there Doc?
Charlotte Manning: Let's say, so far so good
Mike Hammer: I'll drink to...
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Biff Elliot doesn't cut the mustard.

This 1953 film is the first screen depiction of Mickey Spillanes famous detective character Mike Hammer and the only "film noir" I know of that was filmed in 3D. Other than that and the films memorable closing and opening scenes, this film isn't much. Most the cast is good, but the problem lies with the totally mis-cast Biff Elliot as Mike Hammer. He is to young and boyish looking. Ideally, Mike Hammer should be played by someone in their mid thirties or forties; old enough to have grown jaded and world weary, but still young enough to woo the babes and take the punches. Biff Elliot looks and acts like he just got out of detective school. Parklane productions blew it by casting Elliot, who not only wasn't the right type but an actor who never had any screen presence. No wonder he mostly never got more than bit parts after this. Being the first actor to play Mike Hammer is about the only role anyone recalls when his name comes up. Parklane did right in the next Mike Hammer film by casting Ralph Meeker. Even Robert Bray (MY GUN IS QUICK) made a more convincing Mike Hammer. In fact, even Armand Asante was better.


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