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Director:
Writers:
Stanley Rauh (screen play) and
Manning O'Connor (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
8 August 1941 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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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Cast

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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, a 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 ... Coroner (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, theater 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)
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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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Runtime:
74 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
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Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Mike enters the dining room to look for clues, the dead woman blinks. Her eye can just be seen through the candle holder when she blinks.See more »
Quotes:
[Mike is a customer at a men's clothing store]
Smiley Joe Bishop:It fits you like a glove!
Michael Shayne:It should fit me like a suit.
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Movie Connections:
Followed by Time to Kill (1942)See more »

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
IMDb gets it right; the movie's credits are wrong, 26 August 2013
Author: Irie212 (irie212@gmail.com) from New York City

I sat bolt upright at the end of this movie because it looked as if there was a serious error in the credits. No, I thought, I must be wrong. But I'm not. The movie's streaming on Netflix, so you can see for yourself: 20th Century Fox reversed the names of the two African-American actors who provide some of the brightest points in this bright little movie.

They often entertained as a team, and in this movie Mantan Moreland and Ben Carter play two theater janitors who first appear doing a sweet backstage dance sequence with their brooms while Mary Beth Hughes (too little of her in this movie) sings on-stage but off-screen. I loved it that the filmmakers ignored the girl singer for the greater talents of these two hoofers. Their characters are called Rusty and Sam, with the bigger part going to Rusty, who is played by Moreland, the more famous of the two. But in the final credits, the names are reversed with the roles, crediting Ben Carter as Rusty. Inexcusable. I doubt it ever happened to the Ritz Brothers, and there were three of them, and they had the same name.

Yet IMDb has it right in its Cast and Crew listing. I find that impressive.

The movie's impressive, too-- a B movie with a ridiculously complicated plot with a lot of theatrics, quick-witted dialog, and sure-footed performances by Lloyd Nolan, William Demarest, Henry Daniell, Moreland and Carter, and Mary Beth Hughes-- of whom, as I said, there was far too little screen time. Far too little of her in movies in general, in fact.

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