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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 »
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Awards:
1 win See more »
NewsDesk:
(108 articles)
User Reviews:
Mike Hammer, detective See more (166 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)

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:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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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:Approved | West Germany:18 (nf)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Theatrical film debut for Maxine Cooper.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Mike pulls into the gas station and asks to have the right front wheel checked, the attendant says "Yes, sir!" but his lips don't move.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Mike Hammer:You almost wrecked my car! Well? Get in!
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Notre musique (2004)See more »
Soundtrack:
M' apparì tutt' amorSee more »

FAQ

Why are there two different endings?
What is the "greatwhatsit"?
What is the European ending?
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61 out of 84 people found the following review useful.
Mike Hammer, detective, 23 July 2005
Author: jotix100 from New York

Robert Aldrich was a no-nonsense film director. When he undertook the direction of this film, little did he know it was going to become the extraordinary movie it turned out to be. The fame seems to have come by its discovery in France, as it usually is the case. Based on Mickey Spillane's novel and adapted by Al Bezzerides, the movie has an unique style and it's recommended viewing for fans of the film noir genre.

Right from the start, the film gets our imagination as we watch a young woman running along a California highway. That sequence proved Mr. Aldrich's ability to convey the idea of a disturbed young woman that seems to have escaped from a mental institution. The plot complicates itself as Hammer learns that Christine, the young woman, has died. He decides to investigate, which is what he does best.

Some excellent comments have been submitted to this forum, so we will not even try to expand in the action but will only emphasize in the tremendous visual style Mr. Aldrich added to the film, which seems to be its main attraction. For a fifty year old film, it still has a crisp look to it thanks to the impressive black and white cinematography of Ernest Lazlo, who had a keen eye to show us Hammer's world as he makes it come alive. The great musical score by Frank DeVol fits perfectly with the atmosphere of the L.A. of the fifties.

Ralph Meeker made an excellent contribution as Mike Hammer. He dominates the film with his presence. Albert Decker, Paul Stewart, Miriam Carr, Maxine Cooper, Fortuno Bonanova, and especially Cloris Leachman, in her screen debut, make this film the favorite it has become.

Fans of the genre can thank Mr. Aldrich for making a film that didn't pretend to be anything, yet has stayed as a favorite all these years.

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