Title 'The problem of interpretation...': authorial and institutional intentions in and around Kiss me deadly.
Author Richard Maltby
Issue Issue 10, 2000.
This essay re-examines the critical location of Kiss me deadly, arguing that its strategies of incoherence, contradiction and allusion result in large part from the circumstances of its production and exhibition. The essay discusses the history of the movie’s encounters with the Production Code Administration, the Legion of Decency and the Kefauver Senate Subcommittee investigating juvenile delinquency. By considering the cultural status of the paperback book industry in general, and the works of Mickey Spillane in particular, the essay also explores the limits and possibilities for the adaptation and exploitation of a Spillane novel in the mid-1950s.