Mickey Spillane on Screen

Author: Max Allan Collins
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786492422
Format: PDF, Mobi
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In the mid–20th century, Mickey Spillane was the sensation of not just mystery fiction but publishing itself. The level of sex and violence in his Mike Hammer thrillers (starting with I, the Jury in 1947) broke down long-held taboos and engendered a near hysterical critical backlash. Nonetheless, Spillane’s influence has been felt—reflections of Hammer are visible in nearly every subsequent tough guy of fiction and film, including James Bond, Dirty Harry, Shaft, Billy Jack, and Jack Bauer. Spillane’s fiction came to the screen in a series of films that include Kiss Me Deadly (1955) and The Girl Hunters (1963) with the author himself playing his private eye. These films, and television series starring Darren McGavin and Stacy Keach respectively, are examined in a lively, knowledgeable fashion by Spillane experts. Included are cast and crew listings, brief biographical entries on key persons, and a lengthy interview with Spillane.

The Red and the Black

Author: Robert Miklitsch
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 0252099125
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Critical wisdom has it that we said a long goodbye to film noir in the 1950s. Robert Miklitsch begs to differ. Pursuing leads down the back streets and alleyways of cultural history, The Red and the Black proposes that the received rise-and-fall narrative about the genre radically undervalues the formal and thematic complexity of '50s noir and the dynamic segue it effected between the spectacular expressionism of '40s noir and early, modernist neo-noir. Mixing scholarship with a fan's devotion to the crooked roads of critique, Miklitsch autopsies marquee films like D.O.A., Niagara, and Kiss Me Deadly plus a number of lesser-known classics. Throughout, he addresses the social and technological factors that dealt deuce after deuce to the genre--its celebrated style threatened by new media and technologies such as TV and 3-D, color and widescreen, its born losers replaced like zombies by All-American heroes, the nation rocked by the red menace and nightmares of nuclear annihilation. But against all odds, the author argues, inventive filmmakers continued to make formally daring and socially compelling pictures that remain surprisingly, startlingly alive. Cutting-edge and entertaining, The Red and the Black reconsiders a lost period in the history of American movies.

Hollywood Through Private Eyes

Author: Philip Kiszely
Publisher: Peter Lang
ISBN: 9783039105472
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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" ... provides a new perspective on the private eye mini-genre of the studio era. Drawing extensively on archival material ... links the private eye screen adaptation to its novelistic source, charting the journey from page to screen and exploring the key influences along the way"--Back cover.

Hollywood Westerns and the 1930s

Author: Peter Stanfield
Publisher: University of Exeter Press
Format: PDF, Mobi
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For the first time, this book tells the 'lost' story of the 1930s Western. Written from a concern to understand Western films primarily as products of Hollywood's studio system, it recovers the context in which Westerns were produced, exhibited and viewed in the 1930s. Peter Stanfield highlights the hitherto marginalised 'B' or 'series' Western, the significance of female audiences, the role of independent exhibitors and of censorship in shaping film production. The book includes illustrations from the following films: Arizona, The Big Trail, Billy the Kid, Cimarron, Destry Rides Again, Dodge City, In Old Arizona, In Old Santa Fe, Jesse James, The Lash, Let Freedom Ring, Oh, Susanna!, Oklahoma Kid, The Plainsman, Ramona, Santa Fe Trail, Stand Up and Fight, Three Godfathers, Trail of the Lonesome Pine, Tumbling Tumbleweeds, Union Pacific, Virginia City, The Virginian, and The Westerner.


Author: Mickey Spillane
Publisher: Crippen & Landru Publishers
ISBN: 9781885941992
Format: PDF
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Previosuly uncollected stories by one of the greatest mystery writers of all time.

The BFI Companion to Crime

Author: Phil Hardy
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 9780304332151
Format: PDF, ePub
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Robbers, gangsters, murderers, and criminals of every description have long been a staple of popular entertainment. Movies are no exception, and film buffs and scholars alike now have a complete guide to the vast array of films that make up the fascinating world of crime cinema. The BFI Companion to Crime offers detailed information on the sub-genres and motifs of movies dealing with criminals and their behavior: prison dramas, heist stories, kidnappings, the exploits of serial killers, juvenile delinquents, and hired guns. Phil Hardy also includes articles on the historical and social background of crime movies. The Mafia, the Japanese yakuza, the FBI, and the underworld of union rackets, prostitution, and drugs are some of the topics covered. Fictional characters such as Sherlock Holmes, Inspector Maigret, Philip Marlow, and Pretty Boy Floyd appear in these pages, along with the literary sources of many crime films. The works of Graham Greene, Dashiell Hammett, Mickey Spillane, and Eric Ambler are among those featured. Abundantly illustrated with more than 500 photographs, this is the book for film enthusiasts and anyone interested in the crime genre.

For the Dogs

Author: Kevin Wignall
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0743247566
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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When the other members of her family are murdered by hit man while she is on vacation in Europe, Ella finds her own life in terrible danger and returns home, torn by grief and driven to exact revenge. By the author of People Die. 20,000 first printing.

I the Jury

Author: Mickey Spillane
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101174449
Format: PDF, Kindle
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The first novel in Mickey Spillane's classic detective series starring hard-boiled private eye Mike Hammer. I, the Jury is a double-strength shot of sex, violence, and action that is vintage Spillane all the way. It's a tough-guy mystery to please even the most bloodthirsty of fans.

The Culture of the Cold War

Author: Stephen J. Whitfield
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 9780801851957
Format: PDF, Docs
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"A lively and well documented account of how the Cold War both produced and was sustained by super-patriotism, intolerance, and suspicion, and how these pathologies infected all aspects of American life in the 1950s -- entertainment, churches, schools." -- Foreign Affairs

The Girl Hunters

Author: Mickey Spillane
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1471917770
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Seven years of hitting the hard stuff have taken it out of PI Mike Hammer. That's how long it's been since he gave his beloved secretary the job from which she never returned. Now he's back with a vengeance. Velda is alive, if only he can reach her in time. But New York's toughest investigator still has friends in the right places. And his long-neglected .45 is definitely one of those. Piecing together the puzzling deaths of a senator, a newsagent and an FBI man, Hammer finds the missing link in a murderous network of international spies. One that turns out to be Spillane's kind of beauty - and who knows a good deal more than she should.