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Michael Shayne: Private Detective (1940)

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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.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Marjorie Weaver ...
Phyllis Brighton
Joan Valerie ...
Marsha Gordon
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Elliott Thomas
Elizabeth Patterson ...
Aunt Olivia
Donald MacBride ...
Chief Painter
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Gordon (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Clarence Kolb ...
Brighton
George Meeker ...
Harry Grange
Charles Coleman ...
Ponsby
Adrian Morris ...
Al (as Michael Morris)
Robert Emmett Keane ...
Larry Kincaid
Frank Orth ...
Steve
Irving Bacon ...
Fisherman
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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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murder | racetrack | gambling | tout | gambler | See more »

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Comedy | Mystery | Drama

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10 January 1941 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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First in a series. See more »

Quotes

Ponsby, Brightons' Butler: [admiring the large mansion] Quite a little nest you have here, Ponsby!
Ponsby, Brightons' Butler: Yes, sir. We think it rather cozy.
Michael Shayne: Cozy, heh!
[laughs]
Michael Shayne: I'll bet if you walk in your sleep, you need a bicycle.
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Followed by The Man Who Wouldn't Die (1942) See more »

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Goulash
3 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This comes across as a stew of screwball comedy and whodunnit literary conventions. Within the story, we have Patterson, an avid mystery novel reader, occupying the position of the target movie-watcher.

Rather stagy and uncinematic, with bad acoustics, and the usual-for-the-period (bad) sped up camera tricks.

Nolan is the only one with an actual clue here...his stance is that of an actor playing a character playing several personas (each distinguished by putting on different voices)in order to flummox the cast of dimwits. This is a rough template for the far better "Fletch" movies.

The tracing by pencil of the paper imprints is spoofed in "Big Lebowski".


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