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Time to Kill (1942)

A private detective is hired to retrieve a valuable antique coin that was stolen from its owner by her son, who used it to pay off a blackmailer. The private eye soon finds himself up to ... See full summary »

Director:

Herbert I. Leeds

Writers:

Clarence Upson Young (screenplay), Raymond Chandler (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Lloyd Nolan ... Michael Shayne
Heather Angel ... Myrle Davis
Doris Merrick ... Linda Conquest Murdock
Ralph Byrd ... Lou Venter, bodyguard
Richard Lane ... Lt. Breeze
Sheila Bromley ... Lois Morny
Morris Ankrum ... Alexander Morny
Ethel Griffies ... Mrs. Murdock
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A private detective is hired to retrieve a valuable antique coin that was stolen from its owner by her son, who used it to pay off a blackmailer. The private eye soon finds himself up to his ears in fights, more blackmail, hysterical women and murder. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Mike Shayne in a killer-diller of a chiller-diller... with no time out to count the corpses! See more »

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Film-Noir | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Murder, Murder Everywhere See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Fox paid Raymond Chandler $3500 for the screen rights to "The High Window," which was remade five years later as "The Brasher Doubloon." See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[Mike is speaking on the phone to a potential client with his feet propped on his desk revealing the holes in the soles of his shoes]
Michael Shayne: You want what? Oh, references. Well, sure, I'd glad to give you some references. You can call Senator Hugh Oglethorpe - no, no, no, you'd better not. I beat Hughie playing golf yesterday. You can call Sid Dreyfuss. Mm-hmm. That's Judge Sidney Dreyfuss, yeah - the State Supreme Court. Oh, that reminds me; I'm supposed to have dinner with him tonight. ...
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Follows Sleepers West (1941) See more »

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I Had the Craziest Dream
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Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Music by Harry Warren
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"Business is really picking up when the worm comes to the early bird."
24 June 2017 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Entertaining Michael Shayne movie, the seventh and final in Fox's series starring Lloyd Nolan. A few years after this, PRC would restart the series with Hugh Beaumont. Nolan's Shayne goes out on a high note here with a story adapted from Raymond Chandler's "The High Window." Here Shayne is hired by a nasty old lady to recover a missing coin she believes her daughter-in-law stole. Shayne investigates and finds more to the story. Decent support from Heather Angel, Richard Lane, Ralph Byrd, Morris Ankrum, Doris Merrick, and Paul Guilfoyle. As with the other Shayne movies, Lloyd Nolan carries the movie. This one's a bit "tougher" than the others. Perhaps that's Chandler seeping through. It's no "The Big Sleep" but it's a good way to pass an hour.


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