Mickey Spillane has had mixed fortunes when it comes to film adaptations of his novels. The 1955 movie version of Kiss Me, Deadly
has been widely praised although it’s not to my taste. Personally I much preferred the 1962 The Girl Hunters
with Spillane himself as Mike Hammer. He might not have been the world’s greatest actor but he certainly understood Mike Hammer.
I’m also find of the surprisingly hard-boiled late 50s TV series with Darren McGavin, Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer
. I’ve never seen the 1980s TV adaptations.
There were a couple of other 1950s movie adaptations, which don’t seem to have very favourable reputations. There was the 1953 version of I, the Jury
and a 1957 film of My Gun Is Quick
. The latter is now available on DVD but the reviews I’ve read make it sound less than enticing. Even worse, they make it sound as if it had little or nothing in common with Spillane’s novel.
Is anyone prepared to step forward to defend the My Gun Is Quick
movie? Or I, the Jury
too for that matter although it seems to be unobtainable.