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Cast: Mary Anderson, Joe Besser, Peggie Castle, Elisha Cook Jr., Bob Cunningham, Paul Dubov, Juan Duval, Biff Elliot, Roy Engel, Preston Foster and others
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I, the Jury-1953-The first screen appearance of Mike Hammer (Size: 699.53 MB)
Mike Hammer, author Mickey Spillane's brutal-but-eloquent private eye, made his screen debut in this cleaned-up cinemadaptation of the Mickey Spillane best-seller I, the Jury. Galvanized into action by the murder of a friend, Hammer (Biff Elliot) barges into the rarefied worlds of art collecting and psychoanalysis. Along the way, he gets beaten up several times by nameless thugs, and also administers several bloody beatings himself. He also indulges in Spillane's standard gay- and commie-bashing, with nary a "politically correct" moment in the film's 87 minutes. The finale is lifted directly from the deathless final pages of the original novel, right down to Hammer's laconic "It was easy!" The cast includes the requisite bosomy females, including Peggie Castle, Margaret Sheridan, Frances Osborne, Mary Anderson and twin sisters Tani Seitz and Dran Seitz. The male supporting players range from Preston S. Foster as Hammer's "friendly enemy-" police-department contact to an unbilled Joe Besser as an elevator operator. Originally filmed in 3D, I the Jury was released in 2D in most theaters. The property was remade in 1982, with Armand Assante as Hammer.
Make no mistake, this isn’t Kiss Me Deadly. Though in defense of I, The Jury it’s a solidly watchable low-budget film noir with good direction, A-1 cinematography, a decent cast, and a lackluster yet still likable star. But warts and all, it’s also the first screen appearance of a crime fiction archetype as important as Sam Spade and Phillip Marlowe, and consequently worth seeking out. There is something primitively attractive about the way Spillane’s Mike Hammer approaches the world, and that’s what makes the character so appealing: He acts out all of those tough guy fantasies so common in American men, and in the end he gets the girl. What’s not to like?
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