“Robert Aldrich’s flamboyant and hectic 1955 film noir opens with a pre-credit sequence that announces its blend of sexual voracity, sadism, found poetry, sharp-edged performances, and visual invention. The story is adapted from a pulp novel by Mickey Spillane, and its detective, the brutish Mike Hammer (played by Ralph Meeker), has none of the suave command of Sam Spade or Philip Marlowe. He crashes blindly through his case—a forbidden quest for a mysterious object—leaving a trail of collateral damage….In his vision of ambient terror, the apocalyptic nightmares of the Cold War ring in everyone’s heads, like an alarm that can’t be shut off.” (Richard Brody, The New Yorker)
1955 Dir. Robert Aldrich. 1.85:1 B&W dcp 106 min.