A slick and entertaining adventure meller, The Girl Hunters also debuts author Mickey Spillane portraying his rough ‘n’ tumble hero Mike Hammer for the first time on the screen. He turns in a credible job.
Plot finds the private eye in the gutter from seven years of boozing and fretting because he believes that he sent his secretary and best gal to her doom when he gave her an assignment to do. It develops, however, that she may still be alive and Hammer straightens out and goes in search of her ‘just like the old days’, as one of the characters comments.
Along the line he finds himself in a romantic entanglement with one of his prime info sources, played cooly and with seductive restraint by Shirley Eaton who spends much of her time in the film wearing just a bikini.
Scott Peters is police captain Pat Chambers. The actor puts plenty of bite into the role but sometimes tends to overplay his obvious distaste for his ex-chum.
As a federal agent who’s also interested in the case which has the foreign intrigue element of the murder of a US Senator which is linked to an international Commie plot, Lloyd Nolan turns in a pro and reliable job.
Pic was lensed in London but considerable care is taken to preserve Gotham locales where the action takes place. Several fave watering spots around town like Al & Dicks and the Blue Ribbon have been faithfully reproduced by art director Tony Inglis.