Picks and Pans Review: Come Die with Me: a Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer Mystery

updated 12/05/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/05/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

CBS (Tues., Dec. 6, 9 p.m. ET)


Boy, that title is a mouthful. In fact it contains more fiber than the movie it represents. Rob Estes (Silk Stalkings) plays the fictional private eye, transplanted from New York City to Miami, with a silly, jocular edge. His Hammer is more wise guy than hard guy. This time he falls for a client (Randi Ingerman), who's looking for a deadbeat dad who disappeared 14 years before.

Other than taking Spillane's storied sleuth to a more salacious and slapsticky extreme, this is basically a middling kind of film.

It does have cameo appearances from Chuck McCann and Dr. Joyce Brothers. Mostly what it has, though, is Baywatch's voluptuous Pamela Anderson as Hammer's secretary Velda. Hey! Come to think of it, I have a suggestion that will certainly shorten that impossibly cumbersome title and might also improve the movie's ratings. Try: Pamela Anderson on Film. 'Nuf said.

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