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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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1.37 : 1
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Goofs

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: Say, what do you use for brains - feathers?
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Connections

Followed by Larceny in Her Heart (1946) See more »

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The Dear Little Shamrock
(uncredited)
Written by Andrew Cherry
Sung by Lloyd Nolan
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THE BEST MICHAEL SHAYNE PICTURE OF THE SERIES, PERIOD!
20 February 2002 | by (HAMBURG MICHIGAN) – See all my reviews

What a great old film. I am lucky enough to have found over the years a mint 16mm sound print an a very good vhs copy (Captain Bejoiu). The story starts out with a very mysterious burial scene on a cold windy nite. There is the "Old Forboding Mansion" and the usual cast of 20th Century stock players including Paul Harvey who is great as Dudly Wolfe. But as usual, Lloyd Nolan steals the show as Shayne with his whimsical irish humor and dapper acting. Marge Reynolds is great as his wife? With the reoccuring thunder storm as a backdrop and the "undead" body with glowing eyes trying to kill any and everyone in the house, it makes for a spine-tingling murder mystery that is as good as most of the sad new ones w/o the sex and overdone violence. 1942 appears to be one of the best years for movies in Hollywood. So many great features with outstanding character actors of the time. LeRoy Mason is great as the "undead" killer who stocks the remaining frightened guests and family at the Wolfe Mansion. If it shows up on Fox Movie Channel, do yourself a favor and watch it!


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