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Move over Christian Grey, here comes Mike Hammer, pop culture's first white knight. Mike Hammer - a detective as subtle as his last name!
For a detective so single-minded and blunt as Mike Hammer, his big screen adventures are filled with gimmicks. Kiss Me Deadly (1955) has reverse scrolling credits and a glowing suitcase. In The Girl Hunters (1963), creator and author Mickey Spillane plays the role of Hammer. And, in I, the Jury (1953), the first Mike Hammer movie, it's in 3D. You get to see a one-armed man crawl to the cameras. That man was a friend of Hammer's and was murdered, so Hammer solves the crime as a fave to the widow. It's a good movie, and anyone who saw The Color of Night (1994) knows the psychiatrist did it.
During the broadcast, I clearly believed Lady in The Lake (1946) was a Mike Hammer film, it is not. It is a Phillip Marlowe picture. My apologies.
After the break, Spillane hocks beer.