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Just Off Broadway (1942)

Approved | | Drama, Mystery, Romance | 25 September 1942 (USA)
Private detective Michael Shayne (Lloyd Nolan) is serving on the jury trying Lillian Hubbard (Janis Carter) for the murder of Harley Forsythe. A witness with information that could clear ... See full summary »

Director:

Herbert I. Leeds

Writers:

Brett Halliday (character), Arnaud d'Usseau (original screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Lloyd Nolan ... Michael Shayne
Marjorie Weaver ... Judy Taylor
Phil Silvers ... Roy Higgins
Janis Carter ... Lillian Hubbard
Richard Derr ... John Logan
Joan Valerie ... Rita Darling
Don Costello ... George Dolphin
Chester Clute ... Sperty
Francis Pierlot Francis Pierlot ... Sidney Arno
Grant Richards ... John F. McGonagle - Asst. District Attorney
George M. Carleton ... Judge Robert Walters
Alexander Lockwood Alexander Lockwood ... Edmond Telmachio
William Haade ... Warehouse Watchman
Leyland Hodgson ... Henry Randolph
Oscar O'Shea ... Pop
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Storyline

Private detective Michael Shayne (Lloyd Nolan) is serving on the jury trying Lillian Hubbard (Janis Carter) for the murder of Harley Forsythe. A witness with information that could clear Lillian is killed by a knife hurled from inside the courtroom. Shyane hides the knife in the ensuing confusion. He slips out of the jury room that night and, with the aid of reporter Judy Taylor (Marjorie Weaver), traces the knife to a professional blade-slinger, Count Edmond Telmachio (Alexander Lockwood). Shayne finds the Count murdered in a warehouse and a brooch discovered on his body now points the finger of suspicion at nightclub singer Rita Darling (Joan Valerie) and the owner of the club where she works, George Dolphin(Don Costello). Rita was the fiancée of Forsythe and Dolphin is in love with her. The trial begins the next day, with Shayne back in the jury box, after giving the information he picked up to defense counsel John Logan (Richard Derr). The trial takes a surprise twist when Shayne ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

That slick sleuth...Mike Shayne...is at it again (original print ad) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Mystery | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El puñal asesino See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Connections

Follows Michael Shayne: Private Detective (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

It Happened, It's Over, Let's Forget It
(uncredited)
Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Leo Robin
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Not worth it unless you're desperate for this kind of film
11 May 2018 | by lchaim7See all my reviews

Terrible acting. The characters lack depth except the protagonists. Most acting is boring and two dimensional. Too much unrealistic drama. For example, when Nolan is being attacked by another man, the woman who is with Nolan knocks out the attacker with a gun. The worst part is how police suddenly show up. How did they know? Even worse is how two LEOs rush in, as if they know exactly where to go and who to look for. Then they fire off shots as the two people get away. I doubt that this was ever police protocol. A LEO especially does not fire away at a criminal as the criminal is running away at a distance. It's more of a cute movie with corny one-liners here and there. It's supposed to be a mystery detective comedy I guess but it's just poorly made. There are plenty of early 1940s films like Penny Serenade that have depth and three-dimensional characters.


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