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Michael Shayne, Private Detective Details


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 ) bode well for the brief "Shayne" series that followed. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Lloyd Nolan
as Michael Shayne
Marjorie Weaver
as Phyllis Brighton
Walter Abel
as Elliott Thomas
Elizabeth Patterson
as Aunt Olivia
Donald MacBride
as Chief Painter
Douglas Dumbrille
as Gordon
Clarence Kolb
as Brighton
George Meeker
as Harry Grange
Charles Coleman
as Ponsby
Robert Emmett Keane
as Larry Kincaid
Frank Orth
as Steve
Irving Bacon
as Fisherman


Eugene J. Forde
Sol Wurtzel
Brett Halliday
Book Author
George Schneiderman
Emil Newman
Musical Direction/Supervision
Emil Newman
Composer (Music Score)
Richard Day
Art Director
Herschel McCoy
Costume Designer