A monument of "pulp" thriller with Shirley Eaton ( Goldfinger )!
Mike Hammer, private detective, cannot recover from the disappearance of his secretary, and incidentally mistress, Velda. Captain Pat Chambers scoops him up off the street after a hard night of debauchery. A thug on his deathbed asks to see Hammer, with a revelation for him: Velda is still alive, and her disappearance is linked to the assassination of Senator Knapp. Hammer decides to investigate and visits the widow of the senator, Laurence Knapp, a pretty blonde who seems unscarred by the sudden death of her husband...
Detective film adapted from a thriller by Mickey Spillane, Solo for a Blonde marks the encounter between one of the best-selling American writers of the twentieth century and genre cinema. It is also a great first, since the author of a novel – in this case Spillane himself – lends his features to his own character! With the mix of violence and sex that characterizes the adventures of detective Mike Hammer, this model of film noir is set in a dirty and twisty New York atmosphere, populated by disguised crooks and venomous blondes. Faced with a more macho and gruff Mike Hammer than ever, the lovely Shirley Eaton (Goldfinger) embodies a lethal widow who sows trouble wherever she goes. Produced in an iconoclastic and popular style, this little-known film is emblematic of pulp fiction and has risen to the rank of the greatest masterpieces of the genre, such as In fourth gear by Robert Aldrich, another furious thriller adapted from Spillane.
SOLO FOR A BLONDE (1963 – B&W – 98 mins) SUPPLEMENTS . WAITING FOR LILI: THREE DAYS WITH MICKEY SPILLANE (1991 – Colors and B&W – 60 mins) In his coastal residence in South Carolina, Mickey Spillane discusses his career and his style of writing, as the imminent arrival of Hurricane Lili is announced.