November 24, 2014

MIKE HAMMER IS BLU

New release: If hard-hitting detective stories are your vibe, check out the new Blu-ray limited-edition of The Girl Hunters. Released in 1963, the movie was based on the seventh Mike Hammer book by Mickey Spillane. Spillane himself appeared in the film as Hammer! Reviewers have said he was a bit wooden, but that it was fun to see the author (and screenwriter) portray his own character. Maybe that's just a thrill for fans, but wouldn't you love to see Ian Fleming dispatch Professor Dent in that famous scene in Dr No? I can just imagine the dialog whistling through Fleming's cigarette holder, "That's a Smith and Wesson, and you've had your six." The Girl Hunters also starred Bond Girl, Shirley Eaton (Goldfinger), and was filmed by DAP Kenneth Talbot (Hammerhead, Countess Dracula, Tarzan, The Saint, Born Free, New Adventures of Charlie Chan). Spillane adapted some of his early comic book stories to create Mike Hammer for the 1947 novel, I. the Jury. Many Mike Hammer stories followed and the series spawned a number of radio and television shows, movies, and comics. Spillane passed away in 2006 at the age of 88. The new Blu-ray is currently listed at the discount price of $12.69 on Amazon. Link here. They also have the film streaming on-line. Learn more: Thrilling Detective, Spillane IMDB, Amazon author page, New York Times obituary.




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