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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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Taglines:

MIKE SHAYNE SIGNS UP WITH UNCLE SAM...AND HIS PAST ADVENTURES LOOK LIKE A PICNIC! (original poster - all caps) See more »


Certificate:

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was released in January of 1942, so the action tales place in 1941. The shipping tag on the large trunk shows the sailing date to Honolulu as Saturday, December 6th, which was the day before the bombing of Pearl Harbor (which also is in Hawaii). 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

Ethel: Merle's gettin' married today.
Michael Shayne: Gettin' married? She can't do that to me!
Ethel: You can't blame her none, Mike. After all, she was caught between a stiff breeze and plenty of wind.
Michael Shayne: Talk English!
Ethel: Well, you gave her a stiff breeze, and he gave her plenty of wind.
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Connections

Followed by The Man Who Wouldn't Die (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Aloha Oe
(uncredited)
Written by Queen Liliuokalani
Played as the ship pulls into Honolulu
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Lloyd Nolan as Mike Shayne
4 August 2017 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Lloyd Nolan is Mike Shayne again. This time he's headed to Honolulu after some stolen diamonds -- industrial ones which are not blue-white and perfect.

This Fox second feature clearly shows it doesn't waste money, but everything about it -- except the script -- is first rate. It has Glenn MacWilliams as cinematographer -- beautiful, sharp, high lighted images -- and some solid talent in the ranks: George Reeves as a suspicious shipboard passenger, Curt Bois as a ship's steward and even Mae Marsh in a sizable role. The story is a mystery, with its curves disguised by Nolan's wise-cracking. In short, it's a fine little B movie.


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