Michael Shayne (1960–1961)
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Murder and the Wanton Bride 

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:
Lucy Hamilton
Police Lt. Gentry
Dick Hamilton
Elaine Barstow
Dave Barstow
Shirley Ballard ...
Belle Carson
Curly Buford
John Clarke ...
Nat Loomis
Motel Manager
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




Release Date:

16 December 1960 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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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 »


Mrs. Carson: Don't you know what time it is?
Michael Shayne: Yes and I also know what the score is. Two husbands, Belle. Add 'em up.
Mrs. Carson: What are you talking about?
Michael Shayne: That guy who slugged me - it was Watson wasn't it? Your first husband. I looked up the marriage license. No divorces and no previous condition of widowhood.
Mrs. Carson: That's crazy!
Michael Shayne: No. No, that's bigamy!
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Appointment at 9:A.M
25 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

***SPOILERS*** Miami private dick Michael Shayne, Richard Denning, take on a case where his client was murdered before he was even on it.It was this William Carson, Byron Morrow, who was desperately trying to get in touch on a pay phone with Shayne who was murdered and took his secret with him to his grave. It's now up to Shayne to find out what Carson wanted to tell him and the reason it cost him his life in trying! It turns out that Carson was being blackmailed into staying not leaving his wife Belle Carson, Shirley Ballard, by his secret lover Elaine Barstow, Beverly Garland, in some cockamamie plot on her part to end up getting all his money when, as planned, he's murdered and Belle is framed for it!

Shayne having no clue in what's going on accidentally gets wind of the plot when he's clobbered over the head by the just released from prison Curly Buford, Robert Ellenstein, while visiting Belle's apartment! Using his secretary Lucy Hamiltin, Pat Donahue, to go under cover at the health club where Elaine works as a instructor she discovers that her lover or late lover William Carson has been playing both her and Belle to his advantage which in his case backfired with him getting murdered.

****SPOILERS*** After getting a few lumps on his head and worked over by Curly Buford Shayne slowly begins to realizes that he's being manipulated by Elaine who together with the unsuspecting Curly Buford have been having him bark up the wrong tree in finding Carson's murderer and the reason he was murdered. Curly who set Shayne up together with Belle to get whacked ended up getting blasted himself by non other then his accomplice Belle Carson. Not because she switched sides but to keep his mouth shut in what the two were up to. In the end it turned that the sneaky William Carson was playing with fire in that he, under two different names, was married to two women, Elaine & Belle, at the same time! Making it a crime of bigamy which carries almost no jail sentence but in keeping it all quite ended up getting murdered for it.

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