Legendary detective Mike Hammer has spent seven years in an alcoholic funk after the supposed death of his secretary, Velda. He is brought back to the land of the living by his old friendly enemy, police lieutenant Pat Chambers.
An old friend of a private detective is murdered. The detective, Mike Hammer, will make every effort to find out the killer. At each step he does, there is someone taking advantage of his ... See full summary »
Richard T. Heffron
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... See full summary »
A high-stakes poker game is robbed and Pat intervenes as the thieves make their getaway. He is shot in the back and then framed as a drug dealer. Hammer makes it his job to clear Pat and find out who nearly killed him.
Calvin Clements, Jr. was nominated in 1981 for an Edgar as author of the teleplay for this entertaining film featuring Kevin Dobson as Mike Hammer, hardened New York private investigator created by Mickey Spillane, loosely based upon Spillane's first novel: "I, The Jury", (the movie being a pilot for a television series that did not happen) and including characters who recur in the Hammer series, such as his Girl Friday, Velda (Cindy Pickett) and N.Y.P.D. Detective Captain Pat Chambers (Charles Hallahan). The obsessive zeal with which Hammer attempts to discover whomever is responsible for the murder of his best friend is earnestly depicted by Dobson as his character balks at taking a recess from a search that leads to confrontations with the Police Department and organized crime, resulting in his exposure of political corruption, all the while wooing various highly attractive and readily consenting women. Director of Photography Michael Margulies is responsible for the atmospheric footage of the mean streets in New York City, a fitting background for Hammer's mission of vengeance, and Asher Brauner, as a connected thug and John Considine as attorney for mob bigwigs give pleasing performances as do Dobson and Pickett, but the scenario is predictable with Hammer irresistible and invincible in turn and Nelson Riddle's scoring is one of his least inventive, these the primary drawbacks in a film that nonetheless generates very few tedious segments.
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