Kiss Me Deadly (1955)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery  |  18 May 1955 (USA)
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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)
Marjorie Bennett ...
Mort Marshall ...
Ray Diker
Fortunio Bonanova ...
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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Did You Know?


The Kefauver Commission, a federal unit dedicated to investigating corrupting influences in the 1950s, singled this out as 1955's number one menace to American youth. Because of this, Robert Aldrich felt compelled to conduct a writing campaign for the free speech rights of independent film-makers. See more »


In the final scene in the beach house, Albert Dekker addresses the character Lily Carver by the name Gabrielle. While similar to the actress' real name, a change in character name is true to the plot. 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 »


Referenced in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) See more »


Etude, Opus 10, No. 12: Revolutionary
Music by Frédéric Chopin
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Want to see a modern-day thriller made 43 years ago?
27 December 1998 | by (Philadelphia, PA) – See all my reviews

Kiss Me Deadly is an absolute joy to watch. There are no big-name stars, the director has never been mentioned in the same breath as a Hitchcock or Huston, and it's basically a simple Mickey Spillane story. How its presented on the screen is the genius of the picture. Right from the opening credit sequence, you know you're in for something fresh and innovative. This is a must see for fans of Quentin Tarantino, and there is a curious box containing a certain substance that glows when opened (Pulp Fiction, anyone?). It is one of the finest of the "film noir" genre, predominantly because of the moody black and white photography and its amazing 'timeless' appeal (I would rank it alongside Touch of Evil). It's great to know the film has been "rediscovered", and be sure to see a copy of the film containing 2 different versions of the mind-boggling final sequence shot at the time.

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