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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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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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Comedy | Mystery | Drama

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10 January 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Detective Apaixonado  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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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

Chief Painter: When are you gonna start talking straight?
Michael Shayne: Not until my attorney gets out of law school!
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What a refreshing change!
26 April 2008 | by (Oklahoma) – See all my reviews

When I began researching Lloyd Nolan in preparation for writing his biography, I had seen him in only two roles -- as the crusty doctor in the TV series JULIA, and as the compassionate policeman in the 1940s movie A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN. Then I got a DVD of some of his Michael Shayne movies and was blown away by the first one, MICHAEL SHAYNE: PRIVATE DETECTIVE. It was so refreshing to see Lloyd as a young man and playing such a lighthearted character! Since then, I've watched videos of much of his work, and he's totally believable no matter what kind of character he's playing. I think this movie will always be my favorite, though.


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