Michael Shayne: Season 1, Episode 11

Murder and the Wanton Bride (16 Dec. 1960)

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A man is found murdered in an alley. The only clue to his identity is a note scrawled inside a matchbook cover regarding an appointment with Mike at 9:00 a.m. on the following day. Since ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Richard Denning ...
Lucy Hamilton
Herbert Rudley ...
Police Lt. Gentry
Gary Clarke ...
Dick Hamilton
Elaine Barstow
Fred Beir ...
Dave Barstow
Shirley Ballard ...
Belle Carson
Curly Buford
John Clarke ...
Nat Loomis
Percy Helton ...
Motel Manager
Byron Morrow ...
William Carson
Tom Holland ...
Hotel Clerk
Jackie Russell ...
Cathy Monroe
Barry Brooks ...


A man is found murdered in an alley. The only clue to his identity is a note scrawled inside a matchbook cover regarding an appointment with Mike at 9:00 a.m. on the following day. Since Mike had no such appointment, and never makes them so early in the morning, he's intensely interested in the discovering who killed his would-be client and why the dead man thought he had arranged for a meeting. When the misaddressed letter - complete with substantial retainer - arrives requesting the aforementioned appointment appointment, Mike decides to take the dead man on as a client. Written by David Bassler

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Crime | Drama




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16 December 1960 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Although the credits list the character as "Curly Buford", the newspaper clippings Mike holds spell the characters name as "Curley Buford". See more »


Elaine Barstow: Have you ever heard of the Palmetto Health Farm?
Michael Shayne: Yes I have. You have to be wealthy to get healthy there.
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Shayne takes a job for a dead man
7 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After trying to reach Shayne on the phone, Dave Carson is shot to death in an alley near the motel he's staying at. A cop comes to Shayne's apartment and tells him that Gentry wants to see him. A man has been found dead and "It seems he had this matchbook on him." "Doesn't everybody?" Shayne asks. "Not with Mike Shayne's name on it." Times certainly have changed, who carries matches anymore? The many fewer people who still smoke probably use a Bic. Shayne later receives a letter from Carson that had been misdirected making an appointment with Shayne and including a nice retainer. Carson operated the Palmetto Health Farm, a place where wealthy women go to lose weight. Carson's wife, Belle, has been having an affair with one of the trainers at the club. A shady character from Belle's past shows up with the intent of blackmailing her. All of the suspects are unlikable but none is more conniving than the trainer's wife, portrayed by Beverly Garland. Character actor Percy Helton with his familiar raspy voice has a small part as the motel manager. But it's Garland who steals the show and makes this such a good episode.

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