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Sleepers West (1941)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 14 March 1941 (USA)
Mike Shayne tries to distinguish criminals from red herrings as he escorts a surprise witness via rail to a high profile trial in San Francisco.

Director:

Eugene Forde

Writers:

Lou Breslow (screen play), Stanley Rauh (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lloyd Nolan ... Michael Shayne
Lynn Bari ... Kay Bentley
Mary Beth Hughes ... Helen Carlson
Louis Jean Heydt ... Everett Jason
Edward Brophy ... George Trautwein
Don Costello ... Carl Izzard
Ben Carter ... Leander Jones - Porter
Donald Douglas ... Tom Linscott
Oscar O'Shea ... Engineer McGowan
Harry Hayden ... Conductor Lyons
Hamilton MacFadden Hamilton MacFadden ... Conductor Meyers
Ferike Boros ... Farm Lady
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Detective Shayne is on a train headed for San Francisco with a surprise witness (Hughes) whom many on board would like to keep from testifying at a murder trial. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 March 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sleepers East See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofs

When the trainman receives the telegram via the train order hoop, he keeps the hoop on board. In actual railroad practice, he would have extracted the paper and dropped the hoop to the ground so that the operator could recover it for future re-use. See more »

Quotes

Michael Shayne: Madame, my card!
Kay Bentley: [reading] Michael Shayne, Private Detective!
Michael Shayne: Mmmm-hmmm!
Kay Bentley: Sleeping on your own time now, huh?
Michael Shayne: Yep! Oh, and meeting a much finer class of thugs!
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Follows Michael Shayne: Private Detective (1940) See more »

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A Lesser Shayne
9 April 2013 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

In terms of suspense and action, this is one of the weaker entries in the Shayne series. Most of the storyline is confined to a train ride carrying a secret witness to a west coast trial, who Shayne is supposed to protect from those who don't want her to appear. Unfortunately, not much use is made of the confined conditions to build suspense. Then too, we know early on the identity of the witness and who's on board to silence her, so there's not much mystery, either.

Fortunately, there is a sparkling cast, led by the breezy Nolan, along with a brassy Hughes and a bumptious Bari. In fact, Bari and Hughes are natural personality rivals, setting off some delicious undercurrents. Then there's an unheralded threesome of black porters, who contribute humorously to the overall lightweight mood. Look also for Louis Jean Heydt, a familiar face from that era, who does well with a larger than usual role. All in all, it's an entertaining 70-minutes, but not up to the series' trademark mix of suspense plus humor.


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