- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 27 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: September 6, 2005
- Originally Released: 1941
- Label: 20th Century Fox
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Mono - Spanish
- Stereo - English
- Subtitles - English, Spanish
- Additional Release Material:
- THE DOCTORS AND THE DEVILS
- THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI
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Description by OLDIES.com:
In this clever blend of comedy and drama, private eye Michael Shayne (Lloyd Nolan) is, at long last, about to tie the know with showgirl Joanne La Marr (Mary Beth Hughes). But their pre-nuptial joy is shattered by a blood-curdling scream. Shayne discovers a terrified maid, the dead bodies of a former Broadway producer and stage actress, and a program from a show the victims were involved with 25 years ago. Putting the wedding on hold, Shayne leaps onto the case. Also starring William Demarest, this well-crafted whodunit will keep you guessing - and laughing - from start to finish.
The fourth installment of the popular Fox series, which starred Lloyd Nolan (IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT) as Miami P.I. Michael Shayne, sees the sleuth finally preparing to marry his girlfriend, showgirl Joanne La Marr (Mary Beth Hughes, THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS). But just as the pair are settling in to do some serious planning, a scream issuing from a nearby hotel calls Shayne back to the job. Rushing to the scene, he discovers a hotel maid aghast at the two dead bodies she has come upon: a washed-up stage actress and a has-been producer. Turns out, both were involved in a production some 25 years past, and a playbill is on hand to deliver a list of possible suspects. Hired by the cops' two main suspects (played by Mae Beatty and Henry Daniel) to find the real killer, Shayne's methods encounter disapproval from police inspector Pierson (William Demarest, WHAT PRICE GLORY), while, throughout the action, the put-upon Joanne sulks. Eugene Forde's well-made comedic thriller, based on the book series by Brett Halliday, boasts excellent acting from an all-star cast, and a twist at the end that no one will predict.
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Detectives can be human
Movie Lover: Steve F.
-- December, 28, 2007
I recently watched two mystery movies: Dressed to Kill and The Blue Dahlia. You'd think that the one scripted by Raymond Chandler and starring Alan Ladd would have impressed me more. Surprisingly, I found the Michael Shayne movie much more enjoyable.
Private detectives in movies tend to be infallible, unflappable demigods, so it's refreshing to see how human Lloyd Nolan's character is. In one hilarious
scene, he accidentally mispronounces his own name! (You'll have to watch the movie to see what made him do it.)
This movie is a good combination of detection and humor, and it makes me want to get my hands on the rest of the Michael Shayne movies starring Lloyd Nolan.
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- UPC: 024543202875
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