The Girl Hunters (film)

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The Girl Hunters (1963) is a British-made crime drama film directed by Roy Rowland, adapted from the 1962 Mickey Spillane pulp novel of the same name.

Spillane himself stars as private detective Mike Hammer, one of the few occasions in film history in which an author of a popular literary hero has portrayed his own character. It also starred Bond girl Shirley Eaton (Goldfinger), veteran actor Lloyd Nolan, and syndicated newspaper columnist Hy Gardner as himself.

The film features examples of product placement when Spillane and Nolan share a couple of cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon. Also, during the first newsstand scene, Mad Magazine #77 (March 1963) is clearly visible.

Spillane recalled meeting crime figure Billy Hill in London and invited him to the film set. According to Spillane, Hill provided firearms that were used in the film.[1] Spillane also noted that the producers surrounded him with actors who were shorter than he was.

Producer Robert Fellows intended on following the film with Spillane's The Snake but it was never made.[2]

Plot[edit]

Ever since his loved and lovely assistant Velda has gone missing, private detective Mike Hammer has been in a haze of booze. For seven years he hasn't been on a case, but that changes when his longtime pal from the police, Capt. Pat Chambers, asks his assistance on a job.

Hammer is needed to talk with Richie Cole, a dying sailor who refuses to speak with anybody else. According to federal agent Art Rickerby, not only has Richie been shot by the same gun recently used to kill a politician, he is actually an undercover fed.

The trail leads to Laura Knapp, the late senator's widow. She is beautiful and she is seductive, but Hammer doesn't trust her, even making sure a shotgun that ends up in her hands is rigged to backfire on anybody who pulls the trigger. Laura grabs the gun, and Hammer gets his answer.

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Quotes[edit]

I never hit dames...I always kick them - Mike Hammer

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