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Blue, White and Perfect (1942)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 6 January 1942 (USA)
Detective Michael Shayne boards a Hawaii-bound ocean liner on the trail of stolen industrial diamonds and a Nazi smuggling ring.

Director:

Herbert I. Leeds

Writers:

Borden Chase (story), Samuel G. Engel (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lloyd Nolan ... Michael Shayne
Mary Beth Hughes ... Merle Garland
Helene Reynolds ... Helen Shaw
George Reeves ... Juan Arturo O'Hara
Steven Geray ... Vanderhoefen
Henry Victor ... Rudolf Hagerman
Curt Bois ... Friedrich Gerber, alias Nappy Dubois
Marie Blake ... Ethel
Emmett Vogan Emmett Vogan ... Charlie
Mae Marsh ... Mrs. Bertha Toby
Frank Orth ... Mr. Toby
Ivan Lebedeff ... Alexis Fournier
Wade Boteler ... Judge
Charles Trowbridge ... Capt. Brown
Edward Earle ... First Officer Richards
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Storyline

In order to win back his girlfriend, Mike Shayne promises to give up his detective practice and get a job as riveter in an aircraft plant. He quickly finds himself investigating the theft of industrial diamonds from the plant's safe and, utilizing a variety of false identities, traces them first to a dress factory and later to a Hawaii-bound ocean liner. Escaping several attempts on his life, he is able to uncover a Nazi smuggling ring, but the location of the missing diamonds continues to elude him. Written by duke1029

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Spies smuggling diamonds out of the U.S.A.!...Other guys snuggling "that blonde" while Shayne's away! What a Situation! (original poster) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 January 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Contrabando See more »

Company Credits

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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Trivia

Although this film was made long before product placement became prevalent in films, the Del-Monte logo is shown on crates in the hold of the ship. See more »

Goofs

Juan Arturo O'Hara uses a pistol with a silencer. However, the weapon is a revolver, a type of pistol on which a silencer does not work. See more »

Quotes

Michael Shayne: You drive a pawnbroker's bargain!
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Followed by Blonde for a Day (1946) See more »

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Aloha Oe
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Written by Queen Liliuokalani
Played as the ship pulls into Honolulu
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Superior Shayne
23 March 2012 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Diamond smugglers lead detective Michael Shayne to shipboard intrigue and danger.

A lively cast, good production values, and an intriguing mystery, add up to a superior entry in the Michael Shayne series. Lloyd Nolan is so good as the brash detective, injecting real spark into his scenes. Ditto the brassy Hughes as his long-suffering girlfriend. But it's really Superman George Reeves who surprises as the mustachioed bon vivant, O'Hara. He's looser and more charming than I've seen him—no "Man of Steel" here. And I wonder what became of Helene Reynolds who also shows flair, as a shady lady, but appears to have left the business soon after. Too bad.

Anyway, it's a TCF production, which means even B-pictures get quality attention, as the well stocked crowd scenes show. Plus, the suspense part keeps you guessing, like who's trying to drown Shayne and O'Hara aboard ship— a really well thought out and nail-biting sequence. Then too, all the ingredients are wrapped into a neat fast-moving package by director Leeds. In passing-- note how the politics of the diamonds remains curiously unclear. It looks like the movie was produced around Pearl Harbor time, but no mention is made of the Japanese. Instead, Nazi's are mentioned as behind the diamond smuggling, even though America is not yet at war with Hitler. I wonder what the story is here.

Nonetheless, this energetic little programmer still manages a solid degree of entertainment plus.


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