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A doomed female hitchhiker pulls Mike Hammer into a deadly whirlpool of intrigue, revolving around a mysterious "great what is it."

Director: Robert Aldrich

Writers: Mickey Spillane (novel), A.I. Bezzerides (screenplay)

Stars: Ralph Meeker, Albert Dekker, Paul Stewart |

This black and white film starts out where ladies man Mike Hammer, a gumshoe private dick is driving along the coast of L.A. When a mysteriously troubled women jumps out in front of his car.

He agree's to give her a lift and even call her his wife when he is stopped at a road block and is informed by police that she is wanted by the law.

The women who has escaped from a nearby mental home is scared and distraught, She tells Mike ...Remember me............. before posting a letter.

What follows is a sharp push plunging them over the cliff where the women dies however Mike survives.

Mike is then set on a mad cat and mouse search for the secret to - What she was 1 running from ? 2 What she meant ? and 3 as we discover What is in the mysterious box?

With so many mysterious people scattered through downtown L.A.

This Film Noir is years ahead of its time ....VAVA Vroom... Pow..............................

The slick Mike Hammer will leave no set of hot lips untouched or no stone unturned in this stylish thriller.

Lookout for the Pulp Fiction mysterious contents inspiration.


The insighting incident is seen when the mysterious women is flagged down. Point of no return is the road block.

The crash takes us into the second act before Mike wakes with the goal set firm in his mind, then the B story launches a behind the scenes search for the missing identity of the mysterious women and her death.

The midpoint comes when Mike realises that the key holds the secret to the box. The finale exploads across the screen in a fever pitch. ****


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