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?
The second of three film adaptations of Dashiell Hammett
's "The Maltese Falcon," this film has notable connections to both other versions. First, this film's screenwriter, Brown Holmes
, was also credited as a screenwriter on The Maltese Falcon
(1931), directed by Roy Del Ruth
. Second, this film's cinematographer, Arthur Edeson
, was also the director of photography for John Huston
's The Maltese Falcon
(1941). Third, Warren William
, who plays the Sam Spade character (Ted Shane) in this film, also played Perry Mason in a series of films beginning in 1934, but was replaced in 1936 by Ricardo Cortez
- who had played Sam Spade in the 1931 "Maltese Falcon". Finally, Bette Davis
filled in for Raymond Burr
when he had to have surgery in Perry Mason: The Case of Constant Doyle
(1963). See more
The sign at the site of the first murder is misspelled; it reads "Glen Lawn Cemetary." See more
Telling you anything would be like contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Referenced in Révolution VHS
I'd Rather Listen to Your Eyes
Music by Harry Warren
Played as background music during and after Shayne ransacks Miss Purvis' room See more