Mickey Spillane on Screen

Mickey Spillane on Screen : A Complete Study of the Television and Film Adaptations

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In the mid-20th century, Mickey Spillane was the sensation of not just mystery fiction but publishing itself. The level of sex and violence in his Mike Hammer thrillers (starting with I, The Jury in 1947) broke down long-held taboos and engendered a near hysterical critical backlash. Nonetheless, Spillane's influence has been felt--reflections of Hammer are visible in nearly every subsequent tough guy of fiction and film, including James Bond, Dirty Harry, Shaft, Billy Jack, and Jack Bauer. Spillane's fiction came to the screen in a series of films that include Kiss Me Deadly (1955) and The Girl Hunters (1963) with the author himself playing his private eye. These films, and television series starring Darren McGavin and Stacy Keach respectively, are examined in a lively, knowledgeable fashion by Spillane experts. Included are cast and crew listings, brief biographical entries on key persons, and a lengthy interview with Spillane.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 222 pages
  • 175.26 x 251.46 x 15.24mm | 408.23g
  • Jefferson, NC, United States
  • English
  • 53 photographs, appendices, bibliography, index
  • 0786465786
  • 9780786465781
  • 1,584,769

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"hits all the targets...first class study. A lot of terrific behind the scenes photos"--Classic Images; "strongly recommend"--Bookgasm; "as good a survey of a famous mystery writer's media adaptations as I've seen"--Mystery Scene; "each Spillane film and television series [gets] a thorough and insightful inspection...a thoughtful examination of one of the greatest mystery writers in American history and the celluloid treatment of his works. It should have a place of honor in every film and mystery lovers' library"--PulpFictionReviews.blogspot.com.
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About Max Allan Collins

Max Allan Collins has earned an unprecedented 16 Private Eye Writers of America "Shamus" nominations, winning for his Nathan Heller novels True Detective (1983) and Stolen Away (1991), receiving the PWA life achievement award in 2007. He has directed four feature films and two documentaries. He lives in Muscatine, Iowa. James L. Traylor grew up reading the paperback adventures of Perry Mason, Ellery Queen, and Mike Hammer. His articles have appeared in The Armchair Detective, The Mystery FANcier, Clues, Hardboiled, The Strand and The Oxford Companion to Crime and Mystery Writing (1999). He lives in Meansville, Georgia.
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