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Kiss Me Deadly (1955)

Not Rated | | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery | 28 April 1955 (USA)
A doomed female hitchhiker pulls Mike Hammer into a deadly whirlpool of intrigue, revolving around a mysterious "great whatsit".

Director:

Robert Aldrich

Writers:

Mickey Spillane (novel), A.I. Bezzerides (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 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 Silvio Minciotti ... Mover
Nick Dennis ... Nick Va Va Voom
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Storyline

A frightened woman is running barefoot on a highway, trying desperately to flag a car. After several cars pass her by, the woman sees another car approaching, and to make sure either the car stops, or, she's killed, she stands in the path of the oncoming car. Private Investigator Mike Hammer is the one at the wheel, and after almost hitting the woman, he tells her to get in. The woman's name is Christina Bailey. She is obviously on the run, being barefoot and wearing nothing but a trench coat, and the scent of fear. Whoever was after her eventually catches up with them. Christina has information they want, but dies while being questioned. The killers fake an accident by pushing Hammer's car off the road, but he survives, waking up in hospital two weeks later. As Mike starts to investigate Christina's death, he's told by the police to stay out of it, but, the hard-nosed private investigator proceeds anyways. Little did he know that Christina's secret would lead to death and destruction. Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

"I don't care what you do to me, Mike - just do it fast!" See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian | Spanish

Release Date:

28 April 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mickey Spillane's Kiss Me Deadly See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$410,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,178
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Parklane Pictures Inc. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Glen Glenn Sound)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The first of three Robert Aldrich-directed films whch begin with someone crying over the credits. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning, Christina (Cloris Leachman's character) is shown running at the side of the highway, but the shots of only her feet show her running along the painted center line of the highway. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mike Hammer: You almost wrecked my car! Well? Get in!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits scroll backwards (down instead of up). See more »

Alternate Versions

The German TV version (the film was never shown theatrically) edits or eliminates the most violent scenes and excises the scene in which Hammer is drugged for interrogation. Furthermore, the dubbing changes the dialogue throughout the film, eliminating all allusions to Hammer's immorality and his prostitution of Velda. Consequently, he is painted as much more of a traditional heroic figure than in the subversive original. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Etude, Opus 10, No. 12: Revolutionary
(uncredited)
Music by Frédéric Chopin
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Frequently Asked Questions

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"Kiss Me Deadly" revealed the developed of Aldrich style…
17 January 2009 | by Nazi_Fighter_DavidSee all my reviews

"Kiss Me Deadly" had few similarities with Spillane's story about a gang of dope traffickers… Instead Aldrich reworks the plot so that the criminals are mixed up in the theft of priceless and high1y dangerous radioactive material which they are planning to smuggle to an unnamed power… The complicated story begins with Hammer picking up a scared girl on a lonely road at night and continues through the girl's subsequent death, a kidnapping and a series of very brutal killings…

Spillane's Mike Hammer remains the ultimate in violent private eyes… The killings seem to matter less than the sadism… One scene in which Hammer deliberately breaks the irreplaceable records of an Italian opera lover in order to get the information he wants is more repellent than any of the murders in the film…

Furious but stylish, "Kiss Me Deadly" is a film of great power and stays unique for its mixing of art and pulp fiction…


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