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The Girl Hunters (1963)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 16 July 1964 (UK)
Legendary detective Mike 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.


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Mickey Spillane (screenplay), Robert Fellows (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mickey Spillane ... Mike Hammer
Shirley Eaton ... Laura Knapp
Scott Peters Scott Peters ... Police Captain Pat Chambers
Guy Kingsley Poynter Guy Kingsley Poynter ... Dr. Larry Snyder
James Dyrenforth James Dyrenforth ... Bayliss Henry
Charles Farrell ... Joe Grissi
Kim Tracy Kim Tracy ... Nurse
Hy Gardner Hy Gardner ... Hy Gardner - the Columnist
Lloyd Nolan ... Federal Agent Arthur Rickerby
Benny Lee Benny Lee ... Nat Drutman
Murray Kash Murray Kash ... Richie Cole
Bill Nagy ... Georgie
Clive Endersby ... Duck-Duck
Ricardo Montez ... Skinny Guy (as Richard Montez)
Larry Cross ... Red Markham


Legendary detective Mike 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.

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Trapped in the quicksand of love...Caught up in a nightmare of murder and intrigue!


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Release Date:

16 July 1964 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Cacciatori di donne See more »

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Production Co:

Fellane See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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It was originally announced that this would be filmed in Dublin. See more »


Laura Knapp: If I don't talk will you belt me one?
Mike Hammer: Hell, I never hit dames...
[Laura Knapp gives him a look of disbelief]
Mike Hammer: I always kick 'em!
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Referenced in Cape Fear (1991) See more »

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This Film Has Its Moments - Too Few!
5 July 2003 | by sataft-2See all my reviews

This film starring Mickey Spillane as his hero creation, Mike Hammer, does indeed have its moments. The problem is, if we splice those moments together and remove the rest, the film runs, at best, 20-22 minutes; maybe 25 if you add the opening credits. As such, this would made a great 30 minute 1950's television episode.

Spillane does a credible job of personifying his character, Mike Hammer. The key reason being, Hammer was crafted as a reflection of Spillane. Therefore, Spillane had only to play himself which, after a lifetime of practice, was not difficult.

Then we have to ask, what's wrong with this film? And the answer is, everything that comes between its 25 minutes of glory, as mentioned earlier. In essence, there simply is no film to speak of.

The truth of the matter is that, Spillane, should have been content with the chance to portray his character on screen for the first time -as he thought "Mike Hammer" should be portrayed - period. After all, for years he'd complained that he didn't like the previous screen portrayals (with particular venom reserved for Biff Elliot's performance in "I the Jury" in the mid 50's). But being a writer himself, he wasn't content, and interfered with the film's experienced screen writing staff. The net result was not good.

Spillane tried to paint in a specific background for the film, that included real bits of his life. The end product was right for a book, but not for a screenplay of a, supposed, action drama.

For instance, he insisted on including his close confidant and friend columnist Hy Gardner. Gardner's scene is long and boring, because Gardner himself is boring. If he wanted Gardner included, he should have allowed an experienced character actor to portray him, vigorously, via a good script.

One of Spillane's favorite bistros was one of New York's best German restaurants, located on 44th Street in Manhattan. The film spends a lot of dead time showing him walking to that location, and having protracted conversations with the other character actors in the darkened restaurant. The conversations are long and, for the most part, pointless. I'm certain however, for the publicity, the management was quite happy.

This film serves two purposes:(1) it does indeed show how the character of Mike Hammer should be portrayed to be true to the Spillane books.

(2) It shows how not to make a - almost "Film Noir" - detective film.

My suggestion, see Ralph Meeker as Mike Hammer in "Kiss Me Deadly". Now that's a detective film and that's "Film Noir".

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