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Three on a Ticket (1947)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  4 April 1947 (USA)
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A private detective, who has been shot, stumbles into the office of Michael Shayne (Hugh Beaumont), and dies before Shayne can question him. Shayne finds a baggage ticket in his hand. He ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
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Helen Brimstead
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Jim Lacy


A private detective, who has been shot, stumbles into the office of Michael Shayne (Hugh Beaumont), and dies before Shayne can question him. Shayne finds a baggage ticket in his hand. He claims it and finds the checked-bag contains the loot from a robbery. Now, he has about fifty minutes left of the running time to find the crooks, bring them to justice and return the money to the rightful owners. And needs all of it. Written by Les Adams <>

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Michael Shayne At His Detective Best!


Crime | Drama | Mystery






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4 April 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Corpse Came Calling  »

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Director Sam Newfield's final film for Producers Releasing Corp. (PRC), a studio for which he made dozens of films over his eight-year stint with them and which was owned by his brother, Sigmund Neufeld. See more »


[first lines]
[Mike finds his secretary doing calisthenics in his office]
Michael Shayne: Angel, what are you doing?
Phyllis Hamilton: My beauty exercises, Mike.
Michael Shayne: You don't need to do that.
Phyllis Hamilton: Oh, no? With all those dizzy blondes throwing themselves at you, I'm not taking any chances. Besides, I want you to love me when I'm old and gray.
Michael Shayne: Why should a couple of years make a difference? Anyway, I'm allergic to blondes. Can I help it if I'm irresistible?
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Very low-budget, but not too bad otherwise
2 January 2013 | by See all my reviews

When the Michael Shayne series was revived in the mid-1940s after a four-year break, Hugh Beaumont replaced Lloyd Nolan in the title role, and there was also a significant drop in production values. "Three On A Ticket" is an extremely low-budget movie (of course, the fact that it's only available in "unofficial" and unremastered prints doesn't do it any favors, either). But if you can get used to that, it's not really a bad film. The story is half-obvious, half-clever: a private detective from New York walks into Michael Shayne's office and, before saying a single word, drops dead - he had been shot. Not long after the police take away the body, a glamorous blonde enters Shayne's office and basically asks him to help her get rid of her criminal husband. What's the connection? And what's the significance of the baggage claim ticket that Shayne found in the dead man's pocket? Beaumont, although inferior to Nolan, is OK in the role, and Louise Currie, who if IMDb is correct will turn 100 (!) in a couple of months, makes a coolly dangerous femme fatale. ** out of 4.

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