Vinnie Pico tries to hire Mike to break up his kid sister's wedding with a unscrupulous playboy, even offering him a blank check for his fee. When Shayne refuses, Vinnie knocks the private detective ...
A pretty young woman hires Shayne look into the background of a man romancing the girl's wealthy mother. Shayne discovers that the paramour though separated, has never been legally divorced from his ...
Richard Denning ("Mr. and Mrs. North") was perfect casting for the red
headed, Irish private detective, who had a taste for cognac, brawls and
Michael Shayne had a voluptuous blond secretary named Lucy Hamilton
(Patricia Donahue). Lucy's younger brother Dick Hamilton (Gary Clarke)
was a college student who sometimes got involved in Shayne's cases. Tim
Rourke (Jerry Paris) was a reporter friend. Shayne was also friends
with police Lt. Will Gentry (Herbert Rudley).
In one scene Shayne returns to his office. He is in the outer office
used by Lucy. He overhears Tim and Lucy in his inner office. Tim Rourke
is moaning in pleasure. Lucy says that feels good doesn't it. Tim says
"Oh yes. Don't stop". Shayne closes his eyes and walks into his office.
Lucy is massaging Tim's neck because he has a headache.
All these characters except Dick Hamilton came out of a series of
novels by Brett Halliday, who was a consultant for the series. Each of
the roles was extremely well cast, but the series chose to focus pretty
much entirely on Shayne. Richard Denning was a terrific B-movie actor
and easily carried the show. (The great Lloyd Nolan played Michael
Shayne in a series of 1940's movies that ignored the other characters
in the novels and the Miami setting. Hugh Beaumont played Shayne in a
later, cheaper movie series. Jeff Chandler and Robert Sterling, among
others, played Shayne on radio.)
The hour long "Michael Shayne" was produced by Dick Powell's Four Star
Productions ("Richard Diamond", "Dante"). Young writers Richard
Levinson and William Link ("Columbo", "Mannix") were under contract to
Four Star at the time (rather unhappily), and they wrote many of the
Actor Mark Goddard had a role in Four Star's "Johnny Ringo" the
previous season. Four Star offered Goddard the choice of playing Dick
Hamilton or being on "The Detectives" with Robert Taylor. Goddard chose
The "Shayne" episodes had great pulpy titles that were taken from the
novels: "No Shroud for Shayne", "Dolls are Deadly", "Die Like a Dog",
"Framed in Blood", "Marriage Can be Fatal", "The Body Beautiful",
"Murder and the Wanton Bride" and "Blood on Biscayne Bay".
Some of the luscious women Shayne encountered: Julie Adams, Lola
Albright, Julie London, Carol Ohmart, Susan Oliver, Carol Rossen,
Patricia Crowley, Mona Freeman, Alexis Smith and Rita Moreno. One
episode even had Helen Hayes.
The producers should have spent a few extra dollars to get Lloyd Nolan
to guest star as Shayne's father.
All the series regulars except Denning were fired during the second
half of the season and replaced by much younger actors. This could have
been a cost containment move, or maybe they were trying to compete with
the glamorous "Surfide Six", a series about much younger Miami Beach
private eyes. "Surfside Six" premiered the same year and drew a larger
The new Lucy was explained by saying the old Lucy ran off and got
married (to Tim Rorke?) and Shayne's replacement secretary just
happened to be named Lucy too. I seriously missed sexy Paticia Donahue.
Shane Black's movie "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" (2005), where Val Kilmer
plays a gay private detective, was based on a Michael Shayne novel by
Brett Halliday. The novel was called "Bodies Are Where You Find Them"
(1941). That novel was turned into a Dell comic book at the time of the
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