Monday, June 11, 2018

Noirsville Bonus - Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer Noir TV (Part Five)

Mike Hammer (Darrin McGavin)
Continuing the re watch of the Mike Hammer Series to identify those episodes worthy of citing for their degree of Noir-ness, and those that contain interesting sequences of archival footage of New York City circa 1958-1959.

Disc Five

  1. Its an Art - An art student goes missing. Her parents hire Mike to find out what happened. Some nice footage of Greenwich Village and Washington Square. 

    Washington Square

    Art Show
    Washington Square

    Tail Fins
    This episode has a hammer-tomically correct artists model, and sequence with a leotard dancer at a Village beatnik coffee shop.
    Hammer-tomically correct

    Barrie Chase
    The cast has noir vets Konstantin Shayne (Escape in the Fog (1945), The Stranger (1946), Cry of the City (1948), Vertigo (1958)) and William Phipps  (Crossfire (1947), They Live by Night (1948), Scene of the Crime (1949), No Questions Asked (1951) and others) There is also a sequence with Barrie Chase (Cape Fear (1962)). Directed by Boris Sagal, written by Frank Kane, DOP by Jack Mackenzie . Pretty much a Straight Crime episode 6/10
  2. Four Blind Mice - Story about an ex-con who is worried that his wife is two timing him with an ex-bookie now turned gossip rag publisher.

    Tail Fins

    FDR Drive

    Jigger/Getta's Candy Shop

    Jigger/Getta (Vito Scotti) rt.

    FDR Drive
    This episode introduces Jigger Getta (Vito Scotti) an ex-con who runs a candy store in one of the most unbelievable sets used in the series. Most NYC candy stores are small and narrow, shotgun style with counter and displays running along one wall. The set looks more like a drug store. Contains some West Side Drive footage, and some Subway shots of a D train and an AA, and of Grand Central 42nd Street Station.

    Los Angeles Downtown

    Add caption

    Death by AA train
    There is also a shot of downtown LA filling in for a Manhattan office building. Directed by Boris Sagal, written by Steven Thornley, DOP Jack Mackenzie. Straight Crime 7/10
  3. Scar and Garter - A young woman (Yvette Vickers, The Sound of Fury (1950), Short Cut to Hell (1957), Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958), I Mobster (1959)) marries a man who she knew for two weeks.

    Yvette Vickers
    He disappears after telling his wife that he's going to visit his mother (Margaret Lindsay Scarlet Street (1945)). She goes to Mike Hammer. A missing persons case. Mike takes her up to the Berkshires (probably Hollywood juding from the mountains an a neat private funicular) to visit the missing husband's mother. Barney Phillips plays a handy man.
    The Funicula

    Barney Phillips
    Dircted by Lawrence Dobkin, written by Steven Thornley, DOP Jack Mackenzie. Straight Crime 6/10
  4. No Pockets in a Shroud - A night club camera girl takes a photo that has captured accidentally a mobster who was declared dead.

    Hammer distracted
    King Calder rt , A live dead mobster

    The hammer-tomically correct camera girl gets roughed up. Mike does some investigating. King Calder (Time Table (1956)). Director Boris Sagal, written by Frank Kane, DOP Jack Mackenzie, Straight Crime 6/10
  5. The Living Dead - Mike is looking for a missing wife Susan Barlow (Patricia Huston Experiment in Terror (1962)), who wanted to hire him on a confidential matter.

    Flying Tackle

    Robert Vaughn

    Mike's office snooze

    John Hoyt

    Jealous husband
    Her husband is played by Robert Vaughn (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.), a stockbroker by John Hoyt (Brute Force (1947), Trapped (1949), Loan Shark (1952), The Big Combo (1955), The Glass Cage (1964)). Director Sherman Marks, written by Steven Thornley, DOP Jack Mackenzie. Straight Crime 6/10.
  6. Old Folks at Home Blues - A woman (Ruta Lee) from Wyoming, is looking for her missing husband a pianist who came to New Yourk City looking for work.
    Rutta Lee

    He was last seen down on the Bowery working in a penny arcade. Directed by Richard Irving, written by Lawrence Kimble, DOP Jack Mackenzie. All Hollywood sets and backlot. A few establishing NYC shots, slightly Noir-ish. 6.5/10

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