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Michael Shayne: Private Detective (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Mystery, Drama | 10 January 1941 (USA)
After gumshoe Mike Shayne is hired by a millionaire to keep his daughter away from gambling and gamblers, he becomes involved in the murder of a racetrack tout.

Director:

Eugene Forde

Writers:

Stanley Rauh (screenplay), Manning O'Connor (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lloyd Nolan ... Michael Shayne
Marjorie Weaver ... Phyllis Brighton
Joan Valerie ... Marsha Gordon
Walter Abel ... Elliott Thomas
Elizabeth Patterson ... Aunt Olivia
Donald MacBride ... Chief Painter
Douglass Dumbrille ... Gordon (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Clarence Kolb ... Brighton
George Meeker ... Harry Grange
Charles Coleman ... Ponsby
Adrian Morris Adrian Morris ... Al (as Michael Morris)
Robert Emmett Keane ... Larry Kincaid
Frank Orth ... Steve
Irving Bacon ... Fisherman
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Storyline

Millionaire sportsman Hiram Brighton hires gumshoe Michael Shayne to keep his spoiled daughter Phyllis away from racetrack betting windows and roulette wheels. After Phyllis slips away and continues her compulsive gambling, Shayne fakes the murder of her gambler boyfriend, who is also romancing the daughter of casino owner Benny Gordon, in order to frighten her. When the tout really ends up murdered, Shayne and Phyllis' Aunt Olivia, an avid reader of murder mysteries, both try to find the identity of the killer. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Comedy | Mystery | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Detective Apaixonado See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Michael Shayne: [smelling one of Gordon's cigar] It's a good cigar. Hasn't got that awful smell of tobacco.
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What a refreshing change!
26 April 2008 | by jwells97See all my reviews

When I began researching Lloyd Nolan in preparation for writing his biography, I had seen him in only two roles -- as the crusty doctor in the TV series JULIA, and as the compassionate policeman in the 1940s movie A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN. Then I got a DVD of some of his Michael Shayne movies and was blown away by the first one, MICHAEL SHAYNE: PRIVATE DETECTIVE. It was so refreshing to see Lloyd as a young man and playing such a lighthearted character! Since then, I've watched videos of much of his work, and he's totally believable no matter what kind of character he's playing. I think this movie will always be my favorite, though.


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