I, the Jury is a 1953 film based on a Mickey Spillane Mike Hammer book. It's the first filmed adaptation of a Hammer novel. Biff Elliot (who has a Star Trek: The Original Series connection) is Hammer. Elisha Cook, Jr. (who also has a ST:TOS connection) has an uncredited role. I think Hammer is played as well here as anywhere else I've seen him. It takes place over the Christmas holiday season and is a fun change from the usual holiday fare.