The Man Who Wouldn't Die (1942)
In this mystery, a detective finds himself involved with a dead killer who isn't. He is hired by a millionaire desiring to learn the identity of the man who threatens to kill him and his daughter. The gumshoe begins impersonating the daughter's husband and learns that his wife is involved with an unhinged Hindu who is supposed to be dead.
as Michael Shayne
as Catherine Wolff
as Anne Wolff
as Dr. Haggard
as Roger Blake
as Dudley Wolff
as Chief Meek
as Phillips ...
as Alfred Dunning
as Zorah Bey
as Coroner Larson
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A young woman awakens at night to see a man with glowing eyes staring at her. This man shoots at her but misses and when she tells others, there's no evidence she was there! They act as if it's some sort of dream, but she's sure it isn't.
Now how Michael Shayne gets involved is pretty odd. This same woman later meets him along the road and asks him to pose as her husband. She is apparently married but wants to pass Shayne off as her new husband. None of this made sense--why didn't she just bring her real husband? Why didn't she just tell people that he was a private detective--especially when he found the bullet shot at her--proving someone DID shoot at her! Odd indeed!
In the midst of this mystery, a man takes off from the mansion and is chased by Shayne and the police chief. The car crashes and the man is thrown. The chief very quickly pronounces him dead. Inexplicably, the body disappears later! Was he really dead or did someone steal the corpse? This is all getting very strange and confusing (especially for the audience), as there are lots and lots of seemingly divergent plot points in the film. Supposedly, this is all related somehow to some strange magician, Zorah Bey. This is an enjoyable Michael Shayne film, mostly due to the seemingly relaxed performance by Lloyd Nolan as Shayne. However, the story is a tad confusing and seems to perhaps have too many twists and turns...but it never is dull. For lovers of B-detective films, this one is certainly worth finding. 5 stars
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