RARA-AVIS: Re:Mickey's circus caper: RING OF FEAR

From: JIM DOHERTY ( jimdohertyjr@yahoo.com)
Date: 10 Apr 2008


Re your comments below:

"Mr. Spillane in his circus movie RING OF FEAR (1954) was shown today. Clyde Beatty's circus is the setting, with Mickey as himself investigating crimes."

It also features Mickey's cop buddy, Jack Stang, Mickey's own choice to play Mike Hammer, as a private eye buddy of Mckey's named "Mike."

Stang played Hammer in a short, Spillane-written-directed-and-produced film called
"The Mike Hammer Screen Test," which, unfortunately, no longer exists except as a script and some stills.

"Jack Stang" is also the name of the retired cop who is the hero of Spillane's posthumously published Hard Case novel, DEAD STREET.

"Not really hardboiled or noir, but it's great fun to see Mickey as a sleuth."

For crying out loud, Ed! I'll go along with you on not noir (it is, after all, in color), but if a movie that features Mickey Spillane and Mike Hammer (not fully named, but obvious nonetheless) collabrating on an investigation isn't hard-boiled, what on earth is it? Cozy?


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