Michael Shayne Private Detective

Nolan's 'keyhole dick' is ludicrously quick with his fists and has an annoying habit of twirling a keychain round his finger, he's also not above faking a murder (with a mickey finn and a bottle of catsup) to frighten the sense back into the headstrong girl (Weaver) he's supposed to be chaperoning. Based on a novel by Brett Halliday, Dividend on Death, this is the first in a series of 12 produced by Fox between 1940 and '47. It's an extremely convoluted betting and horse-swapping mystery, with a mildly diverting subplot featuring an elderly Ellery Queen fan (Patterson) who helps Shayne with this not terribly diverting 'baffle book' case. Nolan is a reliable player, and Bogart's Marlowe may have learned something from him, but he lacks ingrained world-weariness.

By: JPy

Release details

Duration: 77 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Eugene Forde
Screenwriter: Stanley Rauh, Manning O'Connor
Cast: Lloyd Nolan
Marjorie Weaver
Elizabeth Patterson
Joan Valerie
Walter Abel
Donald MacBride
Douglas Dumbrille
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