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 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 ... 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 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 three days 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 anyway. Little did he know that Christina's secret would lead to death and destruction. Written by garykmcd

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


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Trivia

Filmed in less than three weeks. See more »

Goofs

When Hammer is talking to Evello in Evello's mansion, the telephone receiver in the background switches position between shots. See more »

Quotes

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

The opening credits scroll down instead of the usual up, resulting in needing to read them bottom to top. See more »

Alternate Versions

The restored ending was been included in a video edition of Kiss Me Deadly released in the USA in August 1997. The original ending was recovered by editor Glenn Erickson with help from author Alain Silver. See more »

Connections

Referenced in XX (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Rather Have the Blues
Sung by Kitty White
Written by Frank De Vol (uncredited)
[The vocalist sings the song in the club]
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What an utterly bizarre film...
6 July 2000 | by A-Ron-2See 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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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)

Gross USA:

$726,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$952,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Parklane Pictures Inc. See more »
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| (original)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Glen Glenn Sound)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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