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Michael Shayne: Private Detective (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Mystery, Drama | 10 January 1941 (USA)
After gumshoe Mike Shayne is hired by a millionaire to keep his daughter away from gambling and gamblers, he becomes involved in the murder of a racetrack tout.

Director:

Eugene Forde

Writers:

Stanley Rauh (screenplay), Manning O'Connor (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lloyd Nolan ... Michael Shayne
Marjorie Weaver ... Phyllis Brighton
Joan Valerie ... Marsha Gordon
Walter Abel ... Elliott Thomas
Elizabeth Patterson ... Aunt Olivia
Donald MacBride ... Chief Painter
Douglass Dumbrille ... Gordon (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Clarence Kolb ... Brighton
George Meeker ... Harry Grange
Charles Coleman ... Ponsby
Adrian Morris Adrian Morris ... Al (as Michael Morris)
Robert Emmett Keane ... Larry Kincaid
Frank Orth ... Steve
Irving Bacon ... Fisherman
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Storyline

Millionaire sportsman Hiram Brighton hires gumshoe Michael Shayne to keep his spoiled daughter Phyllis away from racetrack betting windows and roulette wheels. After Phyllis slips away and continues her compulsive gambling, Shayne fakes the murder of her gambler boyfriend, who is also romancing the daughter of casino owner Benny Gordon, in order to frighten her. When the tout really ends up murdered, Shayne and Phyllis' Aunt Olivia, an avid reader of murder mysteries, both try to find the identity of the killer. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Comedy | Mystery | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Detective Apaixonado See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The stylish convertible driven by Marjorie Weaver is a 1940 La Salle, the last of its line; only a few hundred were sold. See more »

Quotes

Aunt Olivia: It was the great piano mystery. The body was found under the piano, his throat was strangled with piano wires, the soft pedal was found imbedded in his neck, and somebody had completely severed the head from the body. He was dead!
Michael Shayne: [dryly] Oh, suicide, hmmm?
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Followed by Dressed to Kill (1941) See more »

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Elizabeth Patterson steals this film!!
27 October 2001 | by SkippyDevereauxSee all my reviews

A very enjoyable film, with Lloyd Nolan as Michael Shayne. The supporting cast is also a joy to watch, with Elizabeth Patterson stealing it away in every scene she is in!! She is a hoot to watch. About the only cast member not really giving a good performance is Joan Valerie. She is too sullen, but then maybe that is the way the character is supposed to be played, but she sort of dulls this film down a bit. It is always a treat to see Lloyd Nolan in a film and this one is another good one in his list!!


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