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Blue, White and Perfect (1942)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 6 January 1942 (USA)
Detective Michael Shayne boards a Hawaii-bound ocean liner on the trail of stolen industrial diamonds and a Nazi smuggling ring.

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Helene Reynolds ...
Helen Shaw
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Juan Arturo O'Hara
Steven Geray ...
Vanderhoefen
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Rudolf Hagerman
Curt Bois ...
Friedrich Gerber, alias Nappy Dubois
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Ethel
Emmett Vogan ...
Charlie
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Mrs. Bertha Toby
Frank Orth ...
Mr. Toby
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Alexis Fournier
Wade Boteler ...
Judge
Charles Trowbridge ...
Capt. Brown
Edward Earle ...
First Officer Richards
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In order to win back his girlfriend, Mike Shayne promises to give up his detective practice and get a job as riveter in an aircraft plant. He quickly finds himself investigating the theft of industrial diamonds from the plant's safe and, utilizing a variety of false identities, traces them first to a dress factory and later to a Hawaii-bound ocean liner. Escaping several attempts on his life, he is able to uncover a Nazi smuggling ring, but the location of the missing diamonds continues to elude him. Written by duke1029

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THESE DIAMONDS belong to Uncle Sam! (original poster) See more »


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Contrabando  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Although this film was made long before product placement became prevalent in films, the Del-Monte logo is shown on crates in the hold of the ship. See more »

Goofs

Juan Arturo O'Hara uses a pistol with a silencer. However, the weapon is a revolver, a type of pistol on which a silencer does not work. See more »

Quotes

Michael Shayne: Who is he?
Michael Shayne: Well, he sells us the Fournier One-Minute Wart Remover. And, boy, is it fo-nay!
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Connections

Follows Sleepers West (1941) See more »

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(I Wish I Was in) Dixie's Land
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Written by Daniel Decatur Emmett
Whistled by Michael Shayne
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Another Good Shayne Entry
16 July 2012 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

All in all, this was a good series - better than average, all things considered. Plots, production values, supporting casts all top-of-the-line. Lloyd Nolan is an excellent detective hero as the charismatic Mike Shayne. Funny how Nolan acts and sounds like a New Yorker, even though he was from the West Coast. Here he is involved in a wartime espionage story involving Nazis, but they aren't as big a part of the plot as they could be a couple of years later.

It's a good mystery, well written and you won't guess the murderer. But I thought it was interesting to note the bag tag on the steamer trunk that a reviewer alluded to. It says Honolulu - Dec. 6, 1941, the day before Pearl Harbor. I have to think it was just chance that this date was used, because the film was released in Jan. 1942 - but it had to have been made 6-8 months previous, so I don't think there was any intent to be sensational here (unless I misread the reviewer's comments).

Anyway, this is a good, worthwhile show in a noteworthy series. But I still think the last one, "Just Off Broadway" (1945), is the best.


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