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I, the Jury (1953)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 14 August 1953 (USA)
Dectective Mike Hammer is determined to catch and kill the person who shot his close friend dead, so he follows clues that lead to a beautiful, seductive woman.

Director:

Harry Essex

Writers:

Harry Essex, Mickey Spillane (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Biff Elliot ... Mike Hammer
Preston Foster ... Police Captain Pat Chambers
Peggie Castle ... Charlotte Manning
Margaret Sheridan ... Velda
Alan Reed ... George Kalecki
Mary Anderson ... Eileen Vickers
Tom Powers ... Milt Miller
Frances Osborne ... Myrna Devlin
Bob Cunningham Bob Cunningham ... Hal Kines (as Robert Cunningham)
Tani Guthrie ... Esther Bellamy (as Tani Seitz)
Dran Hamilton ... Mary Bellamy (as Dran Seitz)
Joe Besser ... Pete - Elevator Operator
Paul Dubov ... Marty
John Qualen ... Dr. R.H. Vickers
Nestor Paiva ... Manuel
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Storyline

It's nearly Christmas, but Mike Hammer is on the vengeance trail when Jack, his wartime buddy, is murdered. Hotheaded Hammer sets out to find the killer, working his way through an increasingly large pile of suspects (and corpses). Along the way, he meets a new love interest, psychologist Charlotte Manning, a treacherous Santa, a gangster named Kalecki, and two weird sisters, the Bellamy twins. Written by Mike Rogers <MICHAELPEM@aol.com>

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Now! His first motion picture blasts you out of your seat with its naked fury! See more »


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Originally filmed in 3D; but, by the time it opened, 3D had lost favor among audiences, and many first run engagements, as well as most second run engagements, opted to offer it in the standard 2D version. See more »

Quotes

Mike Hammer: So long baby
[after he shoots her before she shoots him]
Charlotte Manning: How could you
[as she slowly and sultrily crumples to the floor]
Mike Hammer: It was easy
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typical...
17 December 2000 | by gazzo-2See all my reviews

This was a normal tough as nails PI on the hunt flick of the times...With many familiar faces, Nestor Paiva, Peggy Castle, John Qualen, Preston Foster, etc. There's nothing much that stands out, watch it on AMC or whatever sometime and you will swear you have seen it before, even if you haven't.

Point of trivia-Biff Elliott apparently lived in the Northern Maine town of Presque Isle(where I'm from actually), and word has it they premiered this flick there in '53! It was a big time celeb event, for a town of about 12,000 at the time-it hadda been as if the Super bowl had come to town!

** outta ****.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

J'aurai ta peau See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Gross USA:

$1,400,000
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Production Co:

Parklane Pictures Inc. See more »
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Sound Mix:

3 Channel Stereo (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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