A private detective helps a prostitute being assaulted, and notices that she is wearing a very unique ring. She is later found murdered and there is no trace of the ring, which turns out to...
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A private detective helps a prostitute being assaulted, and notices that she is wearing a very unique ring. She is later found murdered and there is no trace of the ring, which turns out to be part of a cache of jewelry stolen by the Nazis during World War II and smuggled out of France after the wary by an American army colonel. The private eye decides to try to find the ring, is hired by the former colonel to find the rest of the jewels, and runs up against a murderous French gang that is also looking for the jewels. Written by
Robert Bray is thrown off the track as he solves three murders
"My Gun Is Quick" is a film noir that makes good use of locations to capture the every day 1957 Los Angeles, small lunch counters, modest apartment houses, freeways, oil derricks, upscale modernistic homes on the ocean, fancy boats, and strip clubs. The film looks good in widescreen and has some pleasing noir photography. This is Robert Bray's milieu as he walks (actually drives) a twisted path to solve three murders. Bray's Mike Hammer is blunt, determined, and occasionally quite angry, with some awkward shouting, but not enough to spoil the fun. The story is suitably complex.
Bray has to take some punches, but he also has an outing (off camera) with Whitney Blake that leaves them both smiling when they get off her boat. Blake is effective in a substantial part, but she's not the only female attracted to Bray's Hammer. There's always Velda, the shapely Pamela Duncan. There's a stripper (Genie Coree) and there's an aspiring actress (Jan Chaney), whom Bray befriends but who turns up dead, setting the story in motion.
Donald Randolph has a substantial part as a man out of prison who really wants to get the Venacci jewels that he stole during WW II. He got favorable comment from me recently for his appearance in "Gunsmoke" (1953). He scores again here, adding substance to a man obsessed. Randolph's girl friend (Patricia Donohue) is bait for Bray.
The cast of less-than-major players fits the movie and Spillane's work. Major players would spoil the illusion. The directors brought the Mickey Spillane world to life nicely, not overdone which would shatter the illusion, but with enough of his touches to make it real and allow us to buy into it. They got the right portrayals out of their cast. Combine those Spillane-tinged portrayals with the atmosphere of LA and the complex yarn and you have a solid film and noir.
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