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Stanley Rauh (screen play) and
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Release Date:
8 August 1941 (USA) See more »
Detective Michael Shayne and his girlfriend Joanne are on their way to be married when a scream from a nearby hotel room draws his attention to a pair of theatrical murders. | Add synopsis »
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One of the best B-movies ever! See more (15 total) »


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Lloyd Nolan ... Michael Shayne

Mary Beth Hughes ... Joanne La Marr
Sheila Ryan ... Connie Earle

William Demarest ... Inspector Pierson
Ben Carter ... Sam
Virginia Brissac ... Lynne Evans, alias Emily the Maid
Erwin Kalser ... Carlo Ralph, alias Otto Kuhn

Henry Daniell ... Julian Davis
Dick Rich ... Al -Police Detective
Milton Parsons ... Max Allaron
Charles Arnt ... Hal Brennon
Charles Trowbridge ... David Earle
Hamilton MacFadden ... Reporter
May Beatty ... Phyllis Lathrop
Charles C. Wilson ... Editor (as Charles Wilson)

Mantan Moreland ... Rusty (as Manton Moreland)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Strange ... Joe's Assistant (scenes deleted)
William 'Billy' Benedict ... Telegram Boy (uncredited)
Don Brodie ... Tipster (uncredited)
John Butler ... Clerk in Clothing Store (uncredited)
Kernan Cripps ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)

John Dilson ... Joe - the Coroner (uncredited)
Sam Finn ... Man on Street (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
Otto Han ... Fujimoto - The Houseboy (uncredited)
Tom Monk ... Louis Lathrop's Corpse (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ... The Joker (uncredited)
Lee Murray ... Paperboy (uncredited)
Spec O'Donnell ... Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Nestor Paiva ... Jack - the Theatre Manager (uncredited)
Catherine Price ... Desiree Vance's Corpse (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Policeman Jasper (uncredited)
Harry Tyler ... Stage Manager (uncredited)
Minerva Urecal ... Landlady (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... Smiley Joe Bishop (uncredited)

Directed by
Eugene Forde 
Writing credits
Stanley Rauh (screen play) and
Manning O'Connor (screen play)

Richard Burke (novel "The Dead Take No Bows")

Brett Halliday (character created by)

Produced by
Sol M. Wurtzel .... executive producer
Original Music by
Cyril J. Mockridge 
Cinematography by
Glen MacWilliams (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Fred Allen 
Art Direction by
Richard Day 
Joseph C. Wright 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little 
Costume Design by
Herschel McCoy  (as Herschel)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sam Schneider .... assistant director (as Samuel Schneider)
Sound Department
Eugene Grossman .... sound
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
Music Department
Emil Newman .... musical director
Gene Rose .... orchestrator (uncredited)

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74 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Continuity: Mike talks to Otto by telephone without difficulty, though it is shown both before and later that Otto is nearly deaf and relies on lip-reading.See more »
Michael Shayne:The stork that delivered you should be arrested for peddling dope.See more »
Movie Connections:
Followed by Three on a Ticket (1947)See more »
I've Got You All to MyselfSee more »


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One of the best B-movies ever!, 20 August 2009
Author: bill-688 from Brownsville, Texas

Watching this and other Mike Shane entries in this series is truly a treat. They simply don't make them like this any more! Lloyd Nolan is a glib, fast-talking, somewhat arrogant Mike Shane but these traits only add to the character. This one was filmed on a set--unlike some of the others--and the viewer doesn't get a time-travel perspective of the way things looked in 1941. Even so, this little film is well worth watching and owning. Black cast members are given roles of ghost-fearing janitors and one--Mantan Moreland--has his name misspelled in the credits. Oh, if you like double-breasted suits, this film is for you. Shane and other male members of the cast wear them in every scene.

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