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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:
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User Reviews:
Noir for a Nuclear Age See more (162 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:
Featured in Southland Tales (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
String Quartet No. 1: 1st MovementSee more »

FAQ

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58 out of 74 people found the following review useful.
Noir for a Nuclear Age, 1 May 2006
Author: evanston_dad from United States

Sleazy, tawdry B-noir doesn't get any sleazier or tawdrier than Robert Aldrich's jazzy and astonishingly entertaining "Kiss Me Deadly." This film was released late in the life cycle of the film noir genre. By 1958 and Orson Welles' "Touch of Evil," true noir would be just about washed up. Any noir film from that point forward would be self-consciously aware that it was tipping its hat to an established genre. But "Deadly" came out when films still didn't have to work at being noirish---they just WERE, and dazzlingly so.

Born-to-play-a-bully Ralph Meeker plays tough-guy detective Mike Hammer, who's in the wrong place at the wrong time and picks up a mysterious panic-stricken girl (Cloris Leachman), who's just escaped from an asylum. From that moment forward, he finds himself tangled up in a barely lucid plot, in which a bunch of baddies want to get their hands on something the girl either had or knew about. Hammer doesn't know what it is, but he knows that if so many people want it, it's something he probably wants too, and the race for the great "whatsit" is on.

If you wanted to teach a film class about the look and attitude of a film noir, you couldn't pick a better film than this one. I found myself on a recent viewing of this film pausing my DVD player and studying the frame (because, sadly, this is what I do in my spare time), rehearsing in my mind what I would tell a class about any particular composition. And aside from the style, the film is steeped in noir sentiment--it's not simply cynical, like the glossier studio noirs of the 40's; it's downright apocryphal. It's not simply one man undone by the vengeful forces of fate here, but an entire civilization on the brink of extinction.

So pop this in and have a great time with it--feel free to quote it liberally, as there are plenty of juicy lines worth quoting. But as you watch it, you might want to stay away from the windows, for as Mike Hammer's hot-to-trot sometime girlfriend, sometime secretary Velda says, someone may "blow you a kiss."

Grade: A+

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