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The Girl Hunters (1963)

Cast: Mickey Spillane, Mickey Spillane, Shirley Eaton, more...
Director: Roy Rowland, Roy Rowland
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Image Entertainment
Genre: Action, Foreign, Espionage, UK
Running Time: 97 min.
Languages: English
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Synopsis
Novelist Mickey Spillane portrays his own creation, Mike Hammer, in The Girl Hunters. Hammer has spent seven years in an alcoholic funk after the supposed death of his secretary, Velda. He is brought back to the land of the living by his old friendly enemy, police lieutenant Pat Chambers (Scott Peters), who wants Hammer to extract some information out of a dying federal agent. This puts Mike on the trail of a subversive communist organization, the key to which seems to be sexy Laura Knapp (Shirley Eaton), the widow of a murdered senator. When Hammer determines that following this espionage trail may lead to relocating Velda, who might not be dead after all, he pursues matters with his usual fascistic tendency to pummel first and ask questions later. The Girl Hunters is the film in which Mike Hammer incapacitates an opponent by literally nailing the latter's hands to the floor. But that's kid stuff compared to the fate in store for the treacherous Laura Knapp. The Girl Hunters was filmed in its entirety in England. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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Mickey Spillane IS Mike Hammer! by mdraine March 1, 2003 - 11:55 AM PST
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Co-produced, co-written, and starring Mickey Spillane, The Girl Hunters is a dark elegy for the hard-boiled detective, a heroic archetype whose era ended with the Fifties. A vibrant cast weaves a richly embroidered dramatic fabric: Lloyd Nolan as a laconic, yet determined, FBI agent; James Dyrenforth as a reporter who remembers Hammer in his prime; a bikini-clad Shirley Eaton (Goldfinger) as the requisite femme fatale; and most of all, Spillane as Mike Hammer, pulled from the gutter at the beginning of the film. Roused from a seven-year drunk that followed the apparent death of his secretary Velda, Hammer lurches back into action when a dying undercover agent tells him that Velda is still alive. Spurred on by Spillane's involvement, B director Roy Rowland invests The Girl Hunters with a momentum approaching the impact of Spillane's bare-knuckle prose. Cinematographer Ken Talbot foregoes noir shadowplay in favor of dynamic, deep-focus Cinemascope compositions. --Michael Draine

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