Re: RARA-AVIS: guns

Date: 26 Jun 2003


Re your question below:

> It's been a while since I've read any Spillane, but
> wasn't Hammer's
> "Betsy" a .45?

Yes. However, in the first TV version of MIKE HAMMER, the one starring Darren McGavin, the character carried a .38 snubbie. Spillane was said to have likened this to taking Robin Hood's longbow away from him and replacing it with a slingshot. When the later series, the one with with Stacy Keach, was made, Spillane stipulated that, whatever else was done, Mike Hammer HAD to carry a .45 automatic.

It may be the McGavin series that the article was referring to.


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