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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.


Herbert I. Leeds


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




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


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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Mike Shayne battles smugglers and spies to keep them in the U.S.A It's his most dangerous assignment! (original poster) See more »


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Other product placements in this film are cartons of Chesterfield cigarettes and a sign for Challenge ice cream. See more »


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 »


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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Followed by Too Many Winners (1947) See more »


(I Wish I Was in) Dixie's Land
Written by Daniel Decatur Emmett
Whistled by Michael Shayne
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Another Good Shayne Entry
16 July 2012 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

All in all, this was a good series - better than average, all things considered. Plots, production values, supporting casts all top-of-the-line. Lloyd Nolan is an excellent detective hero as the charismatic Mike Shayne. Funny how Nolan acts and sounds like a New Yorker, even though he was from the West Coast. Here he is involved in a wartime espionage story involving Nazis, but they aren't as big a part of the plot as they could be a couple of years later.

It's a good mystery, well written and you won't guess the murderer. But I thought it was interesting to note the bag tag on the steamer trunk that a reviewer alluded to. It says Honolulu - Dec. 6, 1941, the day before Pearl Harbor. I have to think it was just chance that this date was used, because the film was released in Jan. 1942 - but it had to have been made 6-8 months previous, so I don't think there was any intent to be sensational here (unless I misread the reviewer's comments).

Anyway, this is a good, worthwhile show in a noteworthy series. But I still think the last one, "Just Off Broadway" (1945), is the best.

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Release Date:

6 January 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Contrabando 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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