Murder Me, Murder You

Murder Me, Murder You

Double feature DVD together with More Than Murder
Genre Action
Created by Mickey Spillane
Written by Bill Stratton
Directed by Gary Nelson
Starring Stacy Keach
Tanya Roberts
Don Stroud
Kent Williams
Delta Burke
Tom Atkins
Jonathan Banks
Theme music composer Earle Hagen
J.J. Johnson
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Larry A. Thompson
Jay Bernstein
Producer(s) Lew Gallo
Lana Wood (associate producer)
Cinematography Gayne Rescher
Editor(s) Donald R. Rode
Running time 96 minutes (approx.)
Production company(s) Columbia Pictures Television
Jay Bernstein Productions
Distributor CBS
Original network CBS
Original release April 9, 1983

Murder Me, Murder You is a made-for-television movie starring Stacy Keach as Mickey Spillane's iconic hard-boiled private detective, Mike Hammer. The movie marks the first time the fictitious gumshoe would be portrayed on the small-screen since Darren McGavin played the part in the black-and-white version of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer, a syndicated television series (1958–60). Murder Me, Murder You was the first of two pilots - the other being More Than Murder - that blazed a path for the 1980s version of the CBS series Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer which debuted on January 28, 1984.


Mike is hired to protect Chris Jameson (Michelle Phillips), an old flame who he hasn't seen in almost 20 years. Chris heads up an all female high-risk courier agency that has become tied up in a dangerous exchange involving high-stakes bribes by an American helicopter manufacturer to a corrupt General in Central America. Chris nonetheless drops dead in the middle of testifying before a grand jury, but not before informing Mike that he has a 19-year-old daughter who is caught in the middle of everything and might already be dead.

Screenwriter Bill Stratton was awarded the Edgar in the category of Best Mystery Teleplay Special, the first time any Spillane-inspired material was ever given the MWA's top award.

Stacy Keach's First Appearance as Mike Hammer

The TV movie is significant because it marks the first appearance of Stacy Keach in the role of Hammer. After the second pilot movie, which served as the initial episode of the first CBS series, Keach would go on to star in a third made-for-TV movie (The Return of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer), which was followed by the return of the series to CBS, now titled The New Mike Hammer. He went on to star in a syndicated series, Mike Hammer, Private Eye, in 1997. In 1996 his voice was featured reading the audiobook version of Spillane's penultimate Mike Hammer novel Black Alley, and Keach continues to portray Mike Hammer in a series of radio novels entitled collectively The New Adventures of Mike Hammer.

DVD release

After almost 25 years, Murder Me, Murder You was released on DVD by Sony Pictures. The DVD comes packaged as a two DVD set. The second disc featuring the subsequent Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer pilot More Than Murder.

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