Movies: I, the Actor

Mickey Spillane has always known what sort of fellow should play his hero, Mike Hammer, on the screen. The part calls for a real ball-peen brute with magnetal animism. There have been three Mickey Spillane movies. In I, the Jury, an actor called Biff Elliot tried his best. Then Ralph Meeker got his chance in Kiss Me Deadly. Then came a fellow named Robert Bray in My Gun Is Quick. But they were tack Hammers all. There was only one man to do it, Spillane concluded, and he has finally stepped into the role. The new Mike Hammer of...

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