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Michael Shayne Private Detective


Time Out says

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.

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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