Re: RARA-AVIS: Mike Hammer's strength and heroism

From: David Moran (
Date: 17 May 2004

I'd have to agree. One of my favorite noir movies is Robert Aldrich's "Kiss Me Deadly" for precisely that reason. It takes the essential qualities and magnifies them tremendously so you can see Hammer for what, at heart, he really is, a cold, vain, mean-spirited thug. That being said, it's awful fun to watch him behave that way.

And aside from that, Robert Aldrich is a great director, period. Ralph Meeker, too, was one hell of an underrated actor.

David Moran

Bludis Jack wrote:

> Hammer, strength and heroism?
> I'll buy strength.
> Heroism? I can't agree. Mike Hammer is a thug.
> Jack Bludis

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