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Directed by Victor Saville (as Phil Victor), George White
USA 1957

 

Based on the bestselling novel by legendary pulp writer Mickey Spillane (I, the Jury, The Girl Hunters, Kiss Me Deadly), My Gun Is Quick is a hardboiled film noir starring Robert Bray (Never Love a Stranger) as the tough-talking, no-nonsense private eye Mike Hammer. After Mike defends a prostitute from a violent thug, he cannot help noticing a unique ring on her finger. Later, when she winds up the victim of an apparent hit-and-run accident, the ring is nowhere to be found. Mike suspects its cold-blooded murder, so he embarks on a search to find the ring and unravel the mystery surrounding the killing. Along the way, he meets a seductive widow and confronts a deadly gang of jewel smugglers. Co-directed by Victor Saville (The Silver Chalice, Kim, Green Dolphin Street), under the pseudonym Phil Victor, and George White (The Postman Always Rings Twice, The Naked Spur, Bataan), the only directing credit for the veteran Hollywood editor.

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The Mike Hammer adventure My Gun Is Quick survives against some pretty steep odds. First, it comes from the paw of Mickey Spillane, with the problems that implies; its cast and crew are (and were) unknowns; it's all but forgotten; and what little word of mouth circulates around it tends to be dismissive. But, like the curate's egg, it's not too bad, and parts of it are pretty good.

Hammer (Robert Bray), on stakeout for the last 52 hours, staggers into a diner for another cup of joe. He flirts with a young hooker, giving her bus fare back to Nebraska. When she's found dead the next morning, he takes it personally. A baroque ring she wore turns out to have come from an Italian treasure stolen during the war. Seeking to avenge her killing, Hammer, in the inflexible tradition of Los Angeles private eyes, works his way along the underbelly of the City of Angels to the missing loot and the murderers.

Excerpt of review from Bill McVicar at imdb.com located HERE

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Theatrical Release: August 1957

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MGM (MGM Limited Edition Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Distribution

MGM

Region 0 - NTSC

Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:31:00       1:31:08.796  
Video

1.67:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.1 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 30,751,979,832 bytes

Feature: 28,400,683,008 bytes

Video Bitrate: 37.91 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio Dolby Digital Mono (English) DTS-HD Master Audio English 1554 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1554 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Subtitles None English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: MGM

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.67:1

Edition Details:
• None

DVD Release Date: May 2nd, 2011
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Chapters 10

Release Information:
Studio:
Kino

 

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 30,751,979,832 bytes

Feature: 28,400,683,008 bytes

Video Bitrate: 37.91 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Trailer (2:18)


Blu-ray Release Date:
March 24th, 2020
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 9

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Kino Blu-ray (February 2020): Kino have transferred a Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer film adaptation My Gun is Quick to Blu-ray. It is from a "Brand New 2K Transfer". It takes significant leaps over the, often greenish, DVD from 2011 with almost 6X the SD bitrate on a dual-layered Blu-ray. Black levels are darker and richer in the 1080P resolution and there is more information in the 1.85:1 frame on all 4 edges, but notable on the left. The HD presentation is  very appealing - with texture and some nice gloss.

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On their Blu-ray, Kino use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track (16-bit) in the original English language. There is predictable violence against poor Mike, and some boat and car effects plus a score by Marlin Skiles (Queen of Outer Space, Flat Top, The Maze, Dead Reckoning) that maintains a subtle but supportive tension. Kino offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The Kino Blu-ray has only a trailer - no commentary this time.

Not the best of the pulpy Hammer gumshoe adventures but My Gun is Quick has plenty of value with its 50's charm and our favorite tough guy detective's sexist affectations in treating dames like dames. It's exactly what fans might want from our hero and it's quite a superior presentation on Kino's new Blu-ray. Fans (like me) will enjoy the heck out of it. 

Gary Tooze

 


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