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Blonde for a Day (1946)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 10 June 1946 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »


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Fred Myton (screenplay) (as Fred Miton), Brett Halliday (based on characters created by) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview:
Hugh Beaumont ... Michael Shayne
Kathryn Adams ... Phyllis Hamilton
Cy Kendall ... Pete Rafferty
Marjorie Hoshelle ... Helen Porter
Richard Fraser ... Dillingham 'Dilly' Smith
Paul Bryar ... Tim Rourke
Mauritz Hugo ... Hank Brenner
Charles C. Wilson ... Will Gentry (as Charles Wilson)
Sonia Sorel Sonia Sorel ... Muriel Bronson
Frank Ferguson ... Walter Bronson
Claire Rochelle Claire Rochelle ... Minerva Dickens


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 Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Hugh Beaumont and Kathryn Adams were married when they played Michael Shayne and Phyllis Hamilton, Mike's jealous secretary, in this film. See more »


[Mike's best friend, Tim Rourke, has been shot]
Inspector Pete Rafferty: The police are handling this case and we haven't asked for any outside help.
Michael Shayne: I don't feel like fighting with you, Rafferty. All I want is the person responsible for *that*.
Inspector Pete Rafferty: So does everyone. What do you supposed a detective bureau is for?
Michael Shayne: I've often wondered.
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Follows Blue, White and Perfect (1942) See more »

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Strange How Manhattan Looks Like Suburban LA
21 May 2020 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

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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Release Date:

10 June 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blonde on the Loose See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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