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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 »
User Reviews:
What an utterly bizarre film... See more (164 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:Unrated | West Germany:18 (nf)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Theatrical film debut for Maxine Cooper.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: 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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Movie Connections:
Featured in The Best of Film Noir (1999) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
String Quartet No. 1: 1st MovementSee more »

FAQ

Which one is the original ending?
What is the "greatwhatsit"?
Why are there two different endings?
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77 out of 104 people found the following review useful.
What an utterly bizarre film..., 6 July 2000
Author: A-Ron-2 from Storrs, CT

Man, I saw this movie for the first time a few years ago and I still don't know what to think about it. Ralph Meeker as a fascistic Mike Hammer, a crazy hitch-hiker, an opera fan and a box that can destroy the world. I dunno.

From what I understand Alderitch (the director) hated Mikey Spillane's story (which was about a briefcase full of drugs or money or something else), thought Mike Hammer was an image of brutality and fascism and made a film that reflected it. He makes Hammer out to be some kind of sadist and makes the suitcase out be some kind of nuclear device. The movie turns from a simple detective story to some wierd-ass, sci-fi cold war parable.

It's sort of like the X-Files meets film-noir PI, or something to that effect.

All that being said, this is a GREAT film and is well worth watching by anyone who like apocalyptic film-noir (in fact, this may be the only film in that sub-genre). Anyone who is a fan of bizarre camera work, weird symbolism and a stranger storyline, should really check this out.

Observe the many bizarre inconsistencies (clocks that jump ahead and back, screams that don't jibe right with the soundtrack, camera angles that jump mysteriously) and keep in mind that these were INTENDED! When you get a feel for this film and start noticing what the director was attempting to do with this bizarre film I think that you will enjoy it even more. Truly a unique piece of film making.

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