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The Man Who Wouldn't Die (1942)

Passed | | Crime, Mystery | 1 May 1942 (USA)
A private detective gets mixed up with a phony spiritualist racket.

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Cast overview:
... Michael Shayne
... Catherine Wolff
... Anna Wolff
... Dr. Haggard
... Roger Blake
... Dudley Wolff
... Phillips - the Butler
... Chief of Police Jonathan Meek (as Olin Howlin)
... Alfred Dunning
... Zorah Bey
... Coroner Tim Larsen
... Caretaker
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In the shadows of the night Dudley Wolff (Paul Harvey), his secretary Alfred Dunning (Robert Emmett Keane), and his doctor, Haggard (Henry Wilcoxon), bury a body in the estate cemetery. At the house, Wolff's daughter Catherine (Marjorie Weaver) arrives unexpectedly and tells her step-mother Anne Wolff (Helene Reynolds that she has just been married to Roger Blake (Richard Derr) who will be along in a few days. Cathy retires and is awakened by a mysterious assailant who fires a shot at her, but her parents tell her she was just dreaming. Wolff goes to the cemetery and finds the body missing. The scared Cathy calls in fast-talking private detective Mike Shayne (Lloyd Nolan) and, since her father doesn't like detectives, she introduces him as her husband. That evening Shayne hears a shot and finds that Haggard has been killed. While the police are questioning the family, the lights go out and a shot is fired from outside. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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An Empty Grave... A Cunning, Gunning Ghost... And Michael Shane! See more »

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Crime | Mystery

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1 May 1942 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Dorothy Malone's first screen appearance. See more »

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When Shayne confronts Dudley Wolff, his wife and Dunning in the den, he refers to Wolff's partner buried "last night in the woods". That was actually two nights before, as the previous night was the one when Dr Haggard got killed. See more »

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Chief Jonathan Meek: [referring to Peggy, the cook, a former girlfriend] She's been sore at me ever since I took her to that Halloween dances last year.
Michael Shayne: Yeah?
Chief Jonathan Meek: Yeah, she forgot her mask. All I said was "You don't need one." Women's funny ctitters!
Michael Shayne: [laconically] You know I can't understand why she should be sore.
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Followed by Michael Shayne (1960) See more »

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The Dear Little Shamrock
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Written by Andrew Cherry
Sung by Lloyd Nolan
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Enjoyable "B" mystery
9 October 2000 | by See all my reviews

Any movie from the Michael Shayne Detective series can be counted on to deliver an enjoyable mystery story. In this film Lloyd Nolan once again delivers a good performance as he works to solve a murder which took place at the estate of a wealthy US Senator. Everything wraps-up neatly in about 65 minutes which means that there is no wasted time with boring sub plots or long talky scenes ala todays' crop of over hyped and over long releases. A good supporting cast helps Nolan turn this into a fine stylish film. Olin Howlin does a great job and provides just the right amount of restrained comic relief as the police chief. Enjoy


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