The Girl Hunters Film Details
Overview: 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.
Tagline: Rough! Ripping! Raw!
Review: (There are Spoilers) Laying in the gutter dead drunk with a possible fractured skull Mike Hammer, Mickey Spillane, is picked up by the police. Instead of being brought to the local hospital for emergency treatment he’s brought to the hospice ward to talk to this dying man who’s about to kick off. Small time hood Richie Cole, Murray Kash, will only talk to Hammer and no one else and with everyone out of his hospital room, where Cole is on life-support, he spurts out a few puzzling words before checking out for good. The only thing that the inebriated Mike Hammer can make out to Cole’s babbling is Velda and the Dragon. It turns out that the reason for Hammer having this farewell chat with Cole is that the dying man was shot with the same gun that killed Senator Leon Knapp in a burglary of his wife’s Laura, Shirley Eaton, jewelery in their upstate New York home. It was Cole’s mention of Velda Mike Hammer’s private secretary who’s been missing for years, and the reason he became an alcoholic, that got him excited and willing to go all out to solve Cole’s murder in that there’s now evidence that she’s alive not dead like everyone, including Mike Hammer, thought. Hammer is also contacted by Federal, or CIA, Agent Arthur Rickerby, Llyod Noland, who tells him the truth about the now departed Cole in that he was both CIA and undercover in Europe investigating this super-secret Commie spy ring called Butterfly Two. It just happened that Cole hooked up with Velda who’s also CIA, which Hammer didn’t know about, in trying to exposed the Commie spies but were found out about through a mole in the US government this lead to both Cole’s and Senator Napp’s murder. In fact, Hammer later learns, that Senator Knapp’s death over a jewel robbery was only a red herring in order for the US State Department not to realize that he was killed because he came too close, like Cole & Velda, in finding out about this Butterfly Two spy ring. Feeling that Velda is still alive Hammer sobers up, even though he’s constantly in bars and drinking mugs of beer all throughout the movie, and goes out to find who was responsible for Cole’s and Senator Napp’s murder. Hammer sensing that their killer is now out to get the missing and elusive Velda who’s the only one who not only knows his identity but who he works for: Butterfly Two. Checking out the secret’s of the Butterfly Two spy organization with his good friend news columnist Hy Gardner Hammer finds out that it existed in Europe will before the Commies took over Czarist Russia. The organization was infiltrated by the Commies after WWI and is now in the process of secretly overthrowing all the free world governments, from within. Making their demises look like popular revolutions without the leaders of the free world knowing that it’s really the Commies who are doing it. It turns out that the very existence of freedom and democracy in the world now hinges on the broad shoulders of private dick Mike Hammer who goes out to put a stop to Butterfly Two but also to find and rescue his secretary and girlfriend Velda. Despite being an obvious Neanderthal, in his brutal and no holds bar dealings with the enemies of freedom and democracy, Hammer’s unique caveman-like charm does in fact score points with the fairer sex. We see him get classy and refined Laura Knapp, the dead Senator Knapp’s wife, to practically jump in the sack with him the first time she lays her eyes on the big gorilla. Laura even strips down to the most reveling of bikinis, that would be allowed to be shown on the screen back then in 1963, wherever Hammer shows up at Laura’s place in his investigation of her husbands murder. Finding out from a number of close friends and informants that this mysterious Dragon is the Commies, or Butterfly Two, top assassin Hammer now knows that times running out on Velda and that she’s sure to be knocked off if he doesn’t stop him and stop him soon. With the help of his newsboy friend Duck-Duck, Clive Endersby, who left him in this secret letter inside a magazine the location where he can find Velda, dead or alive, Hammer tracks down the Dragon that leads to a knock down and drag out fight. The Dragon ends up getting the worst of it with him being impaled with a spike driving through his right hand in order to keep him from escaping justice; it looked like Hammer in his excitement to save Valda forgot to take his handcuff along. The movie ends without any Velda, which makes you wonder if there’s a part II in the works, but with Mike Hammer discovering who the mole that’s feeding Butterfly Two all this top secret information is. He turns out to be someone that anybody watching the movie would have guessed it is as soon as he, or her, appeared on the screen. Even though his acting in the movie was really nothing to write home about Mickey Spillane did very much look the part of his creation Mike Hammer, The mans got a face that looked as if it was used by the US Navy’s 16 inch guns for target practice. Not really an actor, just playing himself, Mickey Spillane did show he can handle the part of the durable and brutal Mike Hammer especially when he gets, or gives in return, the hell beat out of him. What did surprise me about Spillane in how cool and confident he was with the ladies who, besides the gorgeous Laura Knapp, just couldn’t resist the big lug no matter how crude and uncouth he acted towards them.
Duration: 98 min
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
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