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Murder Is My Business (1946)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 7 March 1946 (USA)
Private eye tries to find a killer.

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Complete credited cast:
... Michael Shayne
... Phyllis Hamilton
... Buell Renslow
... Carl Meldrum
... Arnold Ramsey
... Tim Rourke, Reporter
David Reed ... Ernest Ramsey
Carol Andrews ... Mona Tabor
Julia McMillan ... Dorothy Ramsey
Helene Heigh ... Eleanor Renslow Ramsey
... Detective Pete Rafferty
Parker Garvie ... Joe Darnell
... Dora Darnell
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Michael Shayne is a private detective who is disliked greatly by Pete Rafferty, local chief of police detectives. Rafferty notifies the newspaper press that he is going to close Shayne's agency, just as Michael is about to be hired by the wealthy Eleanor Ramsey, who is being blackmailed. She is the stepmother of what she considers to be two grown-up brats, Dorothy and Ernst, and she considers their father to be of little value to the world himself. They all conspire to get their hands on her money, even to the extent of attempting to hire Shayne to frame an insurance robbery. Mrs. Ramsey is murdered, and Rafferty is trying to pin the killing on Shayne, despite the fact that suspicion points to Buell Renslow, brother of the slain woman. Shayne's secretary, the fetching Phyllis Hamilton, decides to do a little detective work to help her boss. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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MIACHEL SHAYNE HAS TWO MYSTERIES TO SOLVE AT ONCE...TWICE THE THRILLS AND DOUBLE THE EXCITEMENT! (original poster - all caps) See more »


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7 March 1946 (USA)  »

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Occupation Murder  »

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Re-titled, and edited down to less than thirty minutes, it was re-sold to television in the early 1950's as part of a syndicated half hour mystery show. See more »

Quotes

Eleanor Renslow Ramsey: Arnold - the fact that I'm your wife, if for no other reason, should be cause to insist that I be treated with decent respect.
Arnold Ramsey: Well, it must be your fault to some extent that they've gotten so completely out of control.
Eleanor Renslow Ramsey: How can you say that? I tried desperately to win their trust and affection!
Arnold Ramsey: You could have been a little more generous.
Eleanor Renslow Ramsey: I said *win* not *buy* their affection.
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Somewhat saved by Beaumont
16 October 2010 | by See all my reviews

For those who have never seen Hugh Beaumont outside of Leave It To Beaver, here's a chance to do so. Beaumont made quite a few mystery/detective films before hitting the small screen, and his role a Michael Shayne is typical of many of his portrayals. Here he is a slightly-wisecracking private dick who likes to leave trails of peanut shells wherever his cases take him. He's sort of a cross between Dick Powell's version of Philip Marlowe, and Dick Powell's radio character of Richard Diamond (if you can picture that). The production values are what you would expect from PRC, and yet I've seen worse. The storyline leaves little room for suspense, with a not too-unpredictable ending. Still, Beaumont's pleasant personality, some classic autos, and a couple of classy-looking '40s dames make this a watchable entry in the Michael Shayne series.


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