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Kiss Me Deadly (1955)

Approved | | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery | 18 May 1955 (USA)
A doomed female hitchhiker pulls Mike Hammer into a deadly whirlpool of intrigue, revolving around a mysterious "great whatsit."



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Juano Hernandez ...
Eddie Yeager
Marian Carr ...
Friday (as Marion Carr)
Mort Marshall ...
Ray Diker
Carmen Trivago
Harvey Wallace
Mady Comfort ...
Nightclub Singer (as Madi Comfort)
James McCallion ...
Robert Cornthwaite ...
FBI Agent
Silvio Minciotti ...
Nick Dennis ...
Nick Va Va Voom


A frightened woman is running barefoot on a highway, trying desperately to flag a car. After several cars pass her by, the woman sees another car approaching, and to make sure either the car stops - or, she's killed, she stands in the path of an on-coming car. Private Investigator Mike Hammer is the one at the wheel, and after almost hitting the woman, he tells her to get in. The woman's name is Christina Bailey.. She is obviously on the run, being barefoot and wearing nothing but a trench coat, and the scent of fear. Whoever was after her eventually catches up with them. Christina has information they want, but dies while being questioned. The killers fake an accident by pushing Hammer's car off the road, but, he survives, waking up in hospital two weeks later. As Mike starts to investigate Christina's death, he's told by the police to stay out of it, but, the hard-nosed PI proceeds anyways. Little did he know that Christina's secret would lead to death and destruction. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

18 May 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mickey Spillane's Kiss Me Deadly  »

Box Office


$410,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$214 (USA) (2 May 2008)


$882 (USA) (13 June 2008)

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1.85 : 1
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Filmed in less than 3 weeks. See more »


When Nick discovers Hammer's Corvette, a crew member's reflection is visible in the driver-side door. See more »


[first lines]
Mike Hammer: You almost wrecked my car! Well? Get in!
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Opening credits scroll backwards (down instead of up). See more »


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Music by Johann Strauss
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It's The Bomb
1 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This late entry into the film noir genre has some harsh and memorable scenes and an ending unlike any other film noir. Of course, most of those weren't made during the A-Bomb scares of the mid 1950s, as this was.

The movie features a tough, no-nonsense Mike Hammer-like private eye, played well by Ralph Meeker, whose tough-guy dialog is a little dated but still fun to hear. This is one of those noirs in which everyone is a tough-talking, tough-acting mug and one never knows who to trust. Except for Cloris Leachman, who is only in the first quick (but haunting) opening scene, the females in here are unfamiliar actresses but people with interesting faces and personalities.

That opening with Leachman is a real attention-grabber and is one of the best starts I've ever seen in a crime movie. It's very creepy, as is the unique ending. I also appreciated the cinematography in here a lot more once the DVD was issued.

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