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Kiss Me Deadly (1955)

 -  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

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

Tough L.A. private eye Mike Hammer gives a ride to Christina, a frightened young woman he finds running along the road one night. His car is run off the road by unseen thugs. Hammer is knocked out and Christina is tortured in an unsuccessful attempt to get information from her. They are put back into Hammer's car which then is forced off a cliff. Hammer wakes up in the hospital. Velda, his trusty secretary, informs him that Christina is dead. Pat Chambers, Mike's policeman friend, tells him to stay off the case, but Mike thinks it might be a big story--meaning big money for him--because the FBI is interested. He, Velda, and Nick, his garage mechanic friend, start investigating in hopes of finding out why Christina was killed. Written by alfiehitchie

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

"I don't care what you do to me, Mike - just do it fast!" See more »


Certificate:

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Release Date:

18 May 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mickey Spillane's Kiss Me Deadly  »

Box Office

Budget:

$410,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$214 (USA) (2 May 2008)

Gross:

$882 (USA) (13 June 2008)
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Trivia

Theatrical film debut for Maxine Cooper. See more »

Goofs

The black 1954 Corvette that Hammer drives was available only as a 6 cylinder with automatic transmission; the sound that is dubbed is of a 4 cylinder with manual transmission. See more »

Quotes

[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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Referenced in In the Picture (2012) See more »

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Symphony No. 8: Unfinished
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Graduates of the Strasberg school of bad acting.
27 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The best thing I can say about this tedious film is that the lighting and set design were really enjoyable. I loved the dark streets and those endless staircases throwing shadows of the banister rails on the walls. The cars were out of this world and made me almost weep with nostalgia. However, for this kind of film Mike Hammer's penthouse pad was a bit out of place.

Now for the gripes: some of the actors were so grating and over the top that I can only assume they were graduates of the Strasberg school of bad acting, or that they had been told they were in a comedy. Most irritating was the noisy mechanic, so much so that I was relieved when someone dropped the car on him and put us out of our misery. Next to him was Gaby, who seemed to be giving her impersonation of Shelly Winters in 'A Place in the Sun.' I could not concentrate on anything but Velda's lacquered hairdo and wondering why she was sweating so much, and were the 50's women so stiff and awkward when kissing a man? Add to them a host of TV actors, the whole film looked like a cross between the Outer Limits and 50's TV Detective show.


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