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Ring of Fear & Mike Hammer: Film Club With Movie Mike
Apr 6, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm| Free
Hosted and curated by film archivist Movie Mike:
Presenting cinema classics, oddities and forgotten gems!
MEET MICKEY SPILLANE!
RING OF FEAR (1954) A very entertaining feature starring crime novelist Mickey Spillane and animal trainer Clyde Beatty as themselves. Set in Beatty’s circus and padded out with many specialty-act performances. Actor Sean McClory shines as a scary, scheming homicidal maniac. He’s escaped from the nut house and joined the circus to stalk his former girlfriend and set up a series of mysterious accidents. Beatty asks Spillane to help solve the mystery. There is a faint echo of Nightmare Alley (1949) in the plot and characters. The Beatty circus is still in business, you can see it every spring in Marine Park! Spillane is best known for his hard-boiled detective Mike Hammer in a series of violent novels.
MIKE HAMMER (1959) A TV series starring Darren McGavin, who bears a close resemblance to Spillane. This episode was shot on location in Coney Island and shows us Surf Avenue, The Bowery, The World In Wax and the underside of the Thunderbolt coaster, as Hammer gives and gets beatings trying to recover his lost pistol.