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Kiss Me Deadly (1955)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mike Hammer
... Dr. G.E. Soberin
... Carl Evello
... Eddie Yeager
... Lt. Pat Murphy
... Friday (as Marion Carr)
... Manager
Mort Marshall ... Ray Diker
... Carmen Trivago
... Harvey Wallace
... Nightclub Singer (as Madi Comfort)
... Horace
... FBI Agent
Silvio Minciotti ... Mover
... 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

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Blood red kisses! White hot thrills! Mickey Spillane's latest H-bomb! See more »


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Release Date:

July 1955 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Mickey Spillane's Kiss Me Deadly  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$410,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$214, 4 May 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$726,000, 31 December 1955

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$952,000, 31 December 1955
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The first time Mike listens to Christina Bailey's radio, the piece playing is the first movement of Schubert's Eight Symphony ("Unfinished"). The second time he listens, the first movement to Brahms' First String Quartet is playing. See more »

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Obvious mannequin dummy when Gabrielle goes up in flames after opening the radioactive box at the end of the film. 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 »

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Featured in Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

String Quartet No. 1: 1st Movement
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Music by Johannes Brahms
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What an utterly bizarre film...
6 July 2000 | by See all my reviews

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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