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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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Helen Shaw
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Rudolf Hagerman
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Friedrich Gerber, alias Nappy Dubois
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Charlie
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Mr. Toby
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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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Mike Shayne battles smugglers and spies to keep them in the U.S.A It's his most dangerous assignment! (original poster) See more »


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Other product placements in this film are cartons of Chesterfield cigarettes and a sign for Challenge ice cream. See more »

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If the smuggled diamonds are supposedly going to German factories, why are they smuggled from New York to Honolulu in the Pacific Theater? Answer, because with the submarine war sinking cargo ships in the Atlantic, it made sense to take the longer route through the Panama Canal and across the Pacific. See more »

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Rudolf Hagerman: Exactly who are you?
Michael Shayne: [In a mocking tone] Exactly Oliver Twist!
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Followed by Blonde for a Day (1946) 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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Superior Shayne
23 March 2012 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Diamond smugglers lead detective Michael Shayne to shipboard intrigue and danger.

A lively cast, good production values, and an intriguing mystery, add up to a superior entry in the Michael Shayne series. Lloyd Nolan is so good as the brash detective, injecting real spark into his scenes. Ditto the brassy Hughes as his long-suffering girlfriend. But it's really Superman George Reeves who surprises as the mustachioed bon vivant, O'Hara. He's looser and more charming than I've seen him—no "Man of Steel" here. And I wonder what became of Helene Reynolds who also shows flair, as a shady lady, but appears to have left the business soon after. Too bad.

Anyway, it's a TCF production, which means even B-pictures get quality attention, as the well stocked crowd scenes show. Plus, the suspense part keeps you guessing, like who's trying to drown Shayne and O'Hara aboard ship— a really well thought out and nail-biting sequence. Then too, all the ingredients are wrapped into a neat fast-moving package by director Leeds. In passing-- note how the politics of the diamonds remains curiously unclear. It looks like the movie was produced around Pearl Harbor time, but no mention is made of the Japanese. Instead, Nazi's are mentioned as behind the diamond smuggling, even though America is not yet at war with Hitler. I wonder what the story is here.

Nonetheless, this energetic little programmer still manages a solid degree of entertainment plus.


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