Michael Shayne, Private Detective (1940)





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Brett Halliday's flippant Irish-American private eye Michael Shayne was first brought to the screen by 20th Century-Fox in 1940, with Lloyd Nolan cast to perfection as Shayne. In dire financial straits as usual, Mike allows himself to be hired by his millionaire pal Brighton (Clarence Kolb) to keep the old man's chronic-gambler daughter Phyllis (Marjorie Weaver). This won't be easy, since Phyllis has been associating with such hardcase types as gambling boss Gordon (Douglas Dumbrille) and his handsome flunkey Harry Grange (George Meeker). To teach Phyllis a lesson, Mike knocks out Harry and makes it look as though the man was murdered. Unfortunately, Harry ends up murdered for real, and soon both Mike and Phyllis are high on the suspect list. Our hero manages to expose the real murderer with the assistance of Phyllis' maiden aunt Olivia (Elizabeth Patterson), an eccentric mystery-novel enthusiast. An expert blend of comedy and suspense, Michael Shayne, Private Detective (based on Halliday's novel Dividend for Death) bode well for the brief "Shayne" series that followed.
Comedy , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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20th Century Fox Film Corporation


Lloyd Nolan
as Michael Shayne
Marjorie Weaver
as Phyllis Brighton
Joan Valerie
as Marsha Gordon
Walter Abel
as Elliott Thomas
Elizabeth Patterson
as Aunt Olivia
Donald MacBride
as Chief Painter
Clarence Kolb
as Brighton
George Meeker
as Harry Grange
Robert Emmett Keane
as Larry Kincaid
Frank Orth
as Steve
Irving Bacon
as Fisherman
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Breezy mystery made all the better by Lloyd Nolan and a game Elizabeth Patterson.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

This is just one of 4 movies in a Michael Shayne collection. Glad I came across this one, very enjoyable, a smart witted and comical detective who is out to solve any crime. Worth 5 stars

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


Move over Phillip Marlowe- It's the original wisecracking PI Mike Shayne! He out thinks and out wits gangsters and the law in this amusing parody of detective films. It is years ahead of its Time! the dialogue and characters are definately a satire of past film noir movies- and it still shines with a freshness after all these years. A good movie for the family.

Jerry Kimbro
Jerry Kimbro

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