|MY GUN IS QUICK (director/writer: Phil Victor/George White; screenwriters: Richard Collins/Richard Powell/from the novel by Mickey Spillane; cinematographer: Harry Neumann; editor: Frank Sullivan; music: Marlin Skiles; cast: Robert Bray (Mike Hammer), Whitney Blake (Nancy Williams), Pat Donahue (Dione, Blonde Bar-Girl), Donald Randolph (Colonel Holloway), Pamela Duncan (Velda, Hammer's secretary), Booth Coleman (Det. Pat Chambers), Jan Chaney ('Red', Cafe Girl), Gina Core (Maria Teresa Garcia), Richard Garland (Louis), Charles Boaz (Gangster), Phil Arnold ('Shorty', Cafe Proprietor ), Peter Mamakos (LaRoche - Smuggler Chief ); Runtime: 88; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Phil Victor/George White; United Artists; 1957)|
Spillane when compared to
Robert Aldrich's classic Mike Hammer noir
thriller Kiss Me Deadly."
by Dennis Schwartz
Spillane's macho private eye Mike Hammer (Robert Bray)
investigates the murder of a sweet LA bar girl
prostitute, Red (Jan Chaney), that he first met in a
diner wearing an expensive ring that's now missing.
Hammer further learns the ring was part of a shipment
of Nazi jewelry smuggled out of France during the war
by the mysterious American, Colonel Holloway (Donald Randolph).
That leads Hammer to Dione (Pat Donahue),
Red's stripper friend (also murdered), a French mute
(also murdered), a butler of a wealthy divorcee
Newport Beach heiress (also murdered), and to the
very much alive seductive villainous heiress Nancy
Williams (Whitney Blake). Colonel
Holloway decides to hire Hammer to recoup the valuable
stolen Italian jewels. This leads Hammer to face off
with the dangerous rival jewel thief gang, as the
French gang, led by the smuggler sporting a hook for a
Mamakos), shows us that he will kill
for the valuables. There will be a lot of blood shed
before Hammer recovers the jewels.
competently directed by Phil Victor and George
White ("George White's Scandals of 1945"), who make it
tame when compared to Robert
Aldrich's classic Mike Hammer noir thriller Kiss
Me Deadly. It's modestly passable on its own
limited terms as an underachieving Hammer film.
It's based on the novel by Mickey Spillane, and is
written by Richard Collins and Richard
Powell. They are at their best when they retain
the Spillane lingo, as Hammer gruffly responds to his
loyal secretary Velda's (Pamela Duncan)
comment that he doesn't sound right--"I just
crawled out of a sewer, not a decent person left in
the world." But the writers shamelessly rip off
the plot line from the Maltese Falcon, which was a big
turn off for me. In a Spillane flick, his tawdry plot
lines are just right.
REVIEWED ON 9/13/2014 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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