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Release Date:
14 March 1941 (USA) See more »
Mike Shayne tries to distinguish criminals from red herrings as he escorts a surprise witness via rail to a high profile trial in San Francisco. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Lloyd Nolan ... Michael Shayne

Lynn Bari ... Kay Bentley

Mary Beth Hughes ... Helen Carlson

Louis Jean Heydt ... Everett Jason

Edward Brophy ... George Trautwein

Don Costello ... Carl Izzard

Ben Carter ... Leander Jones - Porter

Donald Douglas ... Tom Linscott
Oscar O'Shea ... Engineer McGowan

Harry Hayden ... Conductor Lyons
Hamilton MacFadden ... Conductor Meyers
Ferike Boros ... Farm Lady
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

George Chandler ... Yokel (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Train Passenger (uncredited)

Ralph Dunn ... Fireman Gibbons (uncredited)

James Flavin ... Train Passenger (uncredited)

Harold Goodwin ... Railroad Detective (uncredited)
Jesse Graves ... Waiter (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ... Dining Car Steward (uncredited)

Paul Kruger ... Brakeman (uncredited)

Sam McDaniel ... Porter (uncredited)

Charles Meakin ... Denver Gateman (uncredited)

Charles R. Moore ... Porter (uncredited)

Mantan Moreland ... Porter (uncredited)
Dick Rush ... Denver Gateman (uncredited)

Syd Saylor ... Magazine Vender (uncredited)

Harry Strang ... Railroad Conductor (uncredited)

Charles Tannen ... Ambulance Attendant (uncredited)

Fred 'Snowflake' Toones ... Waiter (uncredited)

Directed by
Eugene Forde 
Writing credits
Lou Breslow (screen play) and
Stanley Rauh (screen play)

Frederick Nebel (based on a novel by)

Brett Halliday (character created by)

Produced by
Sol M. Wurtzel .... producer
Original Music by
Cyril J. Mockridge (uncredited)
Cinematography by
J. Peverell Marley 
Film Editing by
Fred Allen 
Art Direction by
Lewis H. Creber 
Richard Day 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little 
Costume Design by
Herschel McCoy 
Production Management
William Koenig .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sam Schneider .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Joseph E. Aiken .... sound
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
Music Department
Emil Newman .... musical director
Conrad Salinger .... orchestrator (uncredited)

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74 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

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Factual errors: When the trainman receives the telegram via the train order hoop, he keeps the hoop on board. In actual railroad practice, he would have extracted the paper and dropped the hoop to the ground so that the operator could recover it for future re-use.See more »
Tom Linscott:Smoke?
Michael Shayne:No, thanks. Wrong vice!
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Movie Connections:
Followed by "Michael Shayne" (1960)See more »


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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
"My, she's a little mentally round-shouldered.", 21 August 2014
Author: utgard14 from USA

Private eye Michael Shayne must escort a special witness by train. It turns out to be more trouble than he bargained for. Fun entry in the Michael Shayne series. Lloyd Nolan's great, as usual. Lynn Bari is Shayne's ex, a lady reporter trying to snoop out a story. Clichéd character, sure, but Bari makes it work. Nice support from Edward Brophy, Don Costello, and Mary Beth Hughes. Ben Carter and Mantan Moreland provide comic relief. Lots of snappy patter in this one and a nice pace. I'm a sucker for trains so having most of this movie take place on one was a plus for me. All in all, it's one of the better Michael Shayne movies I've seen. Nothing extraordinary but a good B detective flick.

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