A newspaper reporter, "Dilly" Smith (Richard Fraser0 keeps writing articles attacking the police department for its failure to solve a chain of murders, and this nearly leads to the ...
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A newspaper reporter, "Dilly" Smith (Richard Fraser0 keeps writing articles attacking the police department for its failure to solve a chain of murders, and this nearly leads to the reporter's death. He calls in private-detective Michael Shayne (Hugh Beaumont), and Shayne turns up a blonde and a blackmailer.Written by
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Hugh Beaumont is Mike Shayne. His real-life wife, Kathryn Adams, is his secretary. When his old friend, Paul Bryar, is beaten to a pulp, the PI and his girl Friday fly to a Manhattan that looks surprisingly like Glendale in this blah entry in the Monogram series.
THe story is appropriately convoluted, but it's abbreviated by a series of women who say "I shouldn't tell you, but....", including nurses, legal secretaries and so forth. It's the only way that screenwriter seems to be able to figure out how to advance the plot. His had a long and thoroughly undistinguished career in Hollywood in B westerns and cheap melodramas, from 1916 until 1952, ratcheting out scenarios and screenplays for almost 170 shorts and features. He died in 1955, a few months shy of his 70th birthday.
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