January 3, 2018 Subject:
I, the jury. By Parkland Pictures, Inc.
Type of Work: Motion Picture
Registration Number / Date: RE0000095308 / 1981-06-15
Renewal registration for: LP0000002827 / 1953-07-24
Title: I, the jury. By Parkland Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Claimant: P K L Pictures, Ltd. (PWH)
Variant title: I, the jury.
Names: Parkland Pictures, Inc.
PKL Pictures, Ltd.
Reviewer:Ernst de Binky
December 25, 2017 Subject:
must be seen to be believed
an amazing little gem of earnest camp teetering on the edge of post-modern. the actors give their all, like cover art on a pulp novel, 100% devoid of irony. this is Mickey Spillane's breakthrough novel. his hero, Mike Hammer, is a sociopath with a heart of gold, a proto-fascist enabled by the cops. this revenge thriller is motivated by the murder of a one-armed pal who took a bayonet for Mike in WW2. of course Mike is going to track down his killer. this would be Noir if there were any ambiguity. it's more like the Anti-Communist League of Spree Killing.
November 11, 2017 Subject:
Film Noir In Spades
This one of the best film noir mysteries ever made period.This print is complete and intact and looks pretty good too. I saw this originally in 1953 in the theatre as the bottom half of a double bill with an unremembered western. This movie had an impact on me, an impressionable teenager, and I've seen it on TV a few times in truncated (and/or chopped up versions) since then. I even bought one of those copies a while back. This is superior.
My suggestion is read the book first. The film waters down a lot of the more ribald parts and mutes some of the characters, but you will still get the gist of them. and they still are forceful.
United Artists released the film in the summer of 1953 instead of later in the fall when a film with a Christmas motif might have attracted a wider and larger audience. Word has it that the brain trust at U.A. hated the finished film and dumped it. However they did make many more Spillane books into films to varying degrees of success.
The cast is spot on and Biff Elliot is a great Mike Hammer. The entire cast of supporting players from co-stars to character bit players are all excellent, Especially as the world weary cop, Preston Foster, and Peggy Castle as the femme fatale and noted bits by Joe Besser, and Elisha Cook Jr. in small roles as are many other now well known character faces.
The film has flaws, but it also has one of the best last lines of any film noir ever made. "It was easy."
A personal favorite film of mine, and I highly recommend giving it a look. Bobsluckycat