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Director:
Writers:
Mickey Spillane (novel)
A.I. Bezzerides (screenplay)
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Release Date:
18 May 1955 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
"I don't care what you do to me, Mike - just do it fast!" See more »
Plot:
A doomed female hitchhiker pulls Mike Hammer into a deadly whirlpool of intrigue, revolving around a mysterious "great whatsit." Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
1 win See more »
NewsDesk:
(101 articles)
User Reviews:
One of the greatest detective thrillers ever made. See more (159 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ralph Meeker ... Mike Hammer

Albert Dekker ... Dr. G.E. Soberin

Paul Stewart ... Carl Evello
Juano Hernandez ... Eddie Yeager

Wesley Addy ... Lt. Pat Murphy
Marian Carr ... Friday (as Marion Carr)
Marjorie Bennett ... Manager
Mort Marshall ... Ray Diker
Fortunio Bonanova ... Carmen Trivago

Strother Martin ... 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

Ben Morris ... Radio Announcer

Jack Elam ... Charlie Max

Paul Richards ... Attacker
Jesslyn Fax ... Horace's Wife
James Seay ... FBI Agent
Percy Helton ... Doc Kennedy
Leigh Snowden ... Cheesecake
Jack Lambert ... Sugar Smallhouse
Jerry Zinneman ... Sammy
Maxine Cooper ... Velda Wickman

Cloris Leachman ... Christina Bailey
Gaby Rodgers ... Lily Carver aka Gabrielle
Sam Balter ... Radio Announcer (voice)
Joe Hernandez ... Radio Announcer (voice)
Kitty White ... Vocalist in Club
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Nat 'King' Cole ... Singer (voice)
Eddie Beal ... Sideman (uncredited)
Leonard Bremen ... Man in Parked Car (uncredited)
Yvonne Doughty ... Receptionist (uncredited)
John George ... Popcorn Vendor (uncredited)

Charles Lane ... Doctor (uncredited)
Art Loggins ... Bartender (uncredited)
Mara McAfee ... Nurse (uncredited)
Leonard Mudie ... Athletic Club Clerk (uncredited)

Bing Russell ... Police Detective (uncredited)
Robert Sherman ... Gas Station Man (uncredited)
Trude Wyler ... Nurse (uncredited)
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Directed by
Robert Aldrich 
 
Writing credits
Mickey Spillane (novel "Kiss Me, Deadly")

A.I. Bezzerides (screenplay)

Produced by
Robert Aldrich .... producer
Victor Saville .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Frank De Vol  (as Frank Devol)
 
Cinematography by
Ernest Laszlo (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Michael Luciano 
 
Art Direction by
William Glasgow 
 
Set Decoration by
Howard Bristol 
 
Makeup Department
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (as Bob Schiffer)
 
Production Management
Jack R. Berne .... production supervisor
Pat O'Neil .... assistant production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert H. Justman .... assistant director (as Robert Justman)
Mark Sandrich Jr. .... assistant director (uncredited)
Nate D. Slott .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jack Solomon .... sound
 
Casting Department
Jack Murton .... casting supervisor
 
Music Department
Frank De Vol .... conductor (as Frank Devol)
Albert Harris .... orchestrator
 
Other crew
Victor Saville .... presenter
Robert Sherman .... assistant to producer
Helen Gailey .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Mickey Spillane's Kiss Me Deadly" - USA (alternative title)
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Runtime:
106 min | USA:104 min (original version)
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Australia:M | Belgium:16 | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:(Banned) | Finland:K-16 (re-rating) | Germany:18 (DVD rating) | Netherlands:18 (re-rating) (1955) (original rating: banned) (1955) | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:12 (DVD rating) | UK:A (original rating) | USA:Unrated | West Germany:18 (nf)

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Trivia:
Although Victor Saville is credited as Executive Producer and director Robert Aldrich is credited only as producer, in reality Aldrich had it written into his contract that he had complete control over the picture and it would be made the way he wanted it, specifically stipulating that his decisions could not be overruled by any studio representative.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Hammer is brought to the beach house for the first time by the 2 thugs and is trying to escape the ensuing brief chase and fight is shown in alternating close ups and from distance. The shots from distance clearly show different actors, stand-ins for the thugs than those playing them in the close-ups and throughout the movie.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Mike Hammer:You almost wrecked my car! Well? Get in!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Half Moon Street (1986)See more »
Soundtrack:
Etude, Opus 10, No. 12: RevolutionarySee more »

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38 out of 55 people found the following review useful.
One of the greatest detective thrillers ever made., 28 November 1998
Author: Bryan Ho (bigsleep@hotmail.com) from Mississauga, Canada

If The Maltese Falcon (1941) was the definitive true detective movie, The Big Sleep (1946) the definitive glamourized detective movie, and Chinatown (1974) the definitive allegorical detective movie, then Kiss Me Deadly is the definitive sleazy detective movie.

Mickey Spillane's sadistic private eye Mike Hammer, turned from successful private eye to sleazy bedroom dick, is the quintessential anti-hero, doing just about anything and everything wrong to get a piece of the pie that the characters call "The Big What's-it."

The movie survives by giving the usual Spillane buckets-of-blood story and its protagonist new dimensions. Right from the electric opening scene and the audacious opening credit sequence, the audience is drawn into Hammer's seedy world, where morality is suspended, and the credo of the end justifying the means dominates Hammer's actions. His reckless abandonment is almost never questionned and the film seems to understand his brutality as what he must do to get the job done in an equally brutal world.

Director Robert Aldrich observes all of it with an objective eye that neither glorifies nor condemns the action on-screen, letting the audience draw its own conclusions--even where the plot is concerned. The pace is unrelentless and the plot turns are never fully explained, forcing the audience to participate willingly in all that Hammer does to, hopefully, see the story through to its ending.

And what an ending! I'd de damned to a special place in Hell if I elaborated, so I'll just say that it's one of the greatest I've ever seen. That goes same for the movie itself, which is one of the most stylish, jarring and truly entertaining movies of its genre.

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