Sardonic detective Shane, thrown out of one town for bringing trouble, heads for home and his ex-partner's detective agency. The business is in a sad way, and Shane, who has had the forethought to provide himself with a 250-dollar commission from an old lady on the train, is welcomed with open arms. When pretty Valerie Purvis walks in the next day willing to pay over the odds to put a tail on the man who did her wrong, Shane's way with the ladies looks like paying off yet again. But things start to go wrong when his partner is murdered, and Shane himself comes home to find his apartment wrecked by a gentlemanly crook who comes back to apologise -- and to tell him a fascinating fairy-story about the fabled Horn of Roland that looks like not being so mythical after all. Miss Purvis wants protection. The police want answers. And all sorts of people want the 'French horn'... but Shane is one jump ahead of everyone all the way. Well, almost.
Did You Know?
In the film, Madame Barabbas offers Shayne $100,000 for him to retrieve the trumpet and deliver it to her. To seal the deal, she gives him a $2,000 advance. In 2019 dollars, due to inflation, this is equivalent to approximately $1.8 million and $37 thousand, respectively. See more
In his discussion with Madame Barabbas, Shane tells her the item she seeks is so valuable that it is worth her paying him plenty to find it. But actor Warren William
muffs the line, saying "It's worth playing me plenty." See more
For me, you'll go through something that'll be worst than death. Because, you'll always remember me. The one woman you couldn't take for both love and money. The one woman who handed you double-cross by double-cross, right up to the end. 'Cause now you've found a woman *can* be as smart as you are. Someday, you'll find one who'll be smarter!
Sweet Georgia Brown
Music by Maceo Pinkard
and Ben Bernie
Played by the band at the nightclub See more