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Episode 25: Kiss Me Deadly

Kiss Me DeadlyOn this giddy episode, we visit Robert Aldrich’s groundbreaking Mickey Spillane adaptation, Kiss Me Deadly!

We highly recommend you watch the film before listening to the episode, because we head straight for the spoiler room. This film is a little hard to find on the official streaming channels right now, but Criterion has it on a very nice DVD release, and there is usually an illicit copy available for free on YouTube.

During the episode, Melissa mentions that Xanadu Cinema Pleasure Dome recently did two whole episodes encompassing the entire filmography of Robert Aldrich. So, if you want to learn more about Aldrich, here’s Part 1 and Part 2.

Join us on June 7th for our episode on the tremendous French heist film, Rififi!

Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
Kiss Me Deadly poster Rating: 7.6/10 (17,986 votes)
Director: Robert Aldrich
Writer: Mickey Spillane (novel), A.I. Bezzerides (screenplay)
Stars: Ralph Meeker, Albert Dekker, Paul Stewart, Juano Hernandez
Runtime: 106 min
Rated: Not Rated
Genre: Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Released: 28 Apr 1955
Plot: A doomed female hitchhiker pulls Mike Hammer into a deadly whirlpool of intrigue, revolving around a mysterious "great whatsit".

Episode 10: Kansas City Confidential

Kansas City ConfidentialIt’s been a while since we’ve had a truly sweet-spot criminals-and-dames noir on this podcast, so this week we’re bringing you one of the lesser-known gems of the genre: Kansas City Confidential!

We highly recommend you watch the film before listening to the episode, because we spoil a lot of the fun bits. In this case, you really won’t have an excuse to not see the film, because it is in the public domain and it is EVERYWHERE online. However, the image and sound quality vary greatly between the digital copies. We found an excellent version of the film on Hulu.

We still don’t quite know what our next episode will be, but it will arrive on October 21st!

Kansas City Confidential (1952)
Kansas City Confidential poster Rating: 7.4/10 (5,968 votes)
Director: Phil Karlson
Writer: George Bruce (screenplay), Harry Essex (screenplay), Harold Greene (story), Rowland Brown (story)
Stars: John Payne, Coleen Gray, Preston Foster, Neville Brand
Runtime: 99 min
Rated: Not Rated
Genre: Crime, Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller
Released: 11 Nov 1952
Plot: An ex-con trying to go straight is framed for a million dollar armored car robbery and must go to Mexico in order to unmask the real culprits.