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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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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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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

Anna Wolff: [offering a drink] Would you care for something to warm you up?
Catherine Wolff: I was on the wagon, but I'll think I'll step off and give my seat to a gentleman.
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Connections

Follows Dressed to Kill (1941) See more »

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I'll See You in My Dreams
(uncredited)
Music by Isham Jones
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Sung by Lloyd Nolan
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The Title Is Better Than The Movie
5 July 2012 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

I was so impressed by "Dressed To Kill", the first Mike Shayne film I saw, that I decided to buy the boxed set of four other Shaynes. "The Man Who Wouldn't Die" was the first I watched and I was disappointed. For some reason it lacked the professionalism of the first in several areas; the script lacked the sparkle and cleverness of "Dressed To Kill" and the acting seemed forced and unnatural. The story is too far-fetched, about a magician who was married to the wife of an important Senator and who comes back to blackmail him through his wife. The magician is thought to be killed and buried, but comes back to collect his blackmail money... oh, never mind. It gets even more confused and loopy as the story continues. Through it all Lloyd Nolan, as the affable title character, tries to solve the mystery for his friend, played in over-the-top fashion by Marjorie Weaver. I thought her acting job particularly hammy and detracted from the movie, as she was an integral part of the story.

Starting a new paragraph for Olin Howland, who was especially bad and out of place as the investigating Police Chief. It was poor casting on Fox's part as Howland acted as if he had wandered on to the set during a break from a Judy Canova picture. The damage, however, was already done with the weak, unbelievable script and plot.

I rated this one a five, due mainly to the presence and efforts of Lloyd Nolan.


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