Me, too! I was hoping this would be fun to watch, though it doesn't sound like it. I love Mickey Spillane. But what makes the books addictive isn't the sleaziness of the plots but the quality of the writing. Maybe 10 years ago the "Sunday Times Magazine" had a quiz in which you were supposed to pick which paragraph had been written by Hemingway and which by Spillane. It turned out the ones I thought were by Papa Ernest were actually by Spillane. He's a very fine and individual writer who kind of extended the "hard boiled" style to the nth degree, which is very hard to translate to the screen. Robert Aldrich came closest. Though KISS ME DEADLY might be considered "Anti-Spillane" in terms of its theme, it's also very faithful in reproducing Spillane's style and world-view.Thanks for the review. I've never seen this film and I'd like to but it doesn't sound like a film I'd watch again and again. I've always been impressed by Robert Bray and I agree with your point about him having the screen presence and persona to be an authority figure. John Sturges, who was always careful about casting for his supporting characters, used Robert Bray in that capacity in Never So Few. He has a very small role in Blood On The Moon which is about to appear on Blu-ray disc.