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The Man Who Wouldn't Die (1942)

Passed  -  Crime | Mystery  -  1 May 1942 (USA)
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A private detective gets mixed up with a phony spiritualist racket.

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Marjorie Weaver ...
Catherine Wolff
Helene Reynolds ...
Anna Wolff
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Dr. Haggard
Richard Derr ...
Roger Blake
Paul Harvey ...
Dudley Wolff
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Phillips - the Butler
Olin Howland ...
Chief of Police Jonathan Meek (as Olin Howlin)
Robert Emmett Keane ...
Alfred Dunning
LeRoy Mason ...
Zorah Bey
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Coroner Tim Larsen
Francis Ford ...
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In the shadows of the night Dudley Wolff (Paul Harvey), his secretary Alfred Dunning (Robert Emmett Keane), and his doctor, Haggard (Henry Wilcoxon), bury a body in the estate cemetery. At the house, Wolff's daughter Catherine (Marjorie Weaver) arrives unexpectedly and tells her step-mother Anne Wolff (Helene Reynolds that she has just been married to Roger Blake (Richard Derr) who will be along in a few days. Cathy retires and is awakened by a mysterious assailant who fires a shot at her, but her parents tell her she was just dreaming. Wolff goes to the cemetery and finds the body missing. The scared Cathy calls in fast-talking private detective Mike Shayne (Lloyd Nolan) and, since her father doesn't like detectives, she introduces him as her husband. That evening Shayne hears a shot and finds that Haggard has been killed. While the police are questioning the family, the lights go out and a shot is fired from outside. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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MIKE SHAYNE MEETS SOMETHING NEW IN CHILLS! (original poster-all caps) See more »

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Crime | Mystery

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1 May 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Million Dollar Ghost  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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When Shayne confronts Dudley Wolff, his wife and Dunning in the den, he refers to Wolff's partner buried "last night in the woods". That was actually two nights before, as the previous night was the one when Dr Haggard got killed. See more »

Quotes

Michael Shayne: [Recovering from a jolt of electricity] Is my face changed?
Catherine Wolff: You do look sort of funny.
Michael Shayne: Well, there's no change then.
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Followed by Michael Shayne (1960) See more »

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The Dear Little Shamrock
(uncredited)
Written by Andrew Cherry
Sung by Lloyd Nolan
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fast-moving Michael Shayne mystery
24 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Lloyd Nolan is Michael Shayne, private detective in "The Man Who Wouldn't Die," a 1942 entry into this short series from Twentieth Century Fox.

A friend of Mike's, Catherine (Marjorie Weaver) gets him to pose as her husband while investigating a shooting at her family home. Her father (Paul Harvey) is in government and under investigation by the Senate, and one night, Anna is shot at. Mike finds plenty to investigate. He also has plenty to explain when Catherine's real husband shows up unexpectedly.

There's lots of humor and "dark stormy night" atmosphere in this neat programmer, which also features Henry Wilcoxon and Helen Reynolds as Anna, Catherine's stepmother.

Nolan is a delight as a singing, happy but very clever Shayne. I'm surprised that Marjorie Weaver didn't get further in her career, though by all accounts, she loved the career she had - she's very pretty and vivacious.

Very enjoyable.


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