Category Archives: Mike Shayne

Just Off Broadway (1942)

Welcome to the amateur hour. This sixth entry in the Mike Shayne series is a disgrace to Brett Halliday’s creation. As a fan of the book series I was disgusted with how the hard boiled character was trashed. The preceding … Continue reading

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The Man Who Wouldn’t Die (1942)

Fifth entry in the Mike Shane series. No Mary Beth Hughes this time. The movie is based on “No Coffin For The Corpse” by Clayton Rawson. It’s part of his “The Great Merlini” series. No way this should have ever … Continue reading

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Blue,White And Perfect (1942)

Fourth entry in the Mike Shayne series. This one is based on a story by Borden Chase. The only similarity to the original Brett Halliday book series is the name Mick Shayne. The movie continues the running gag of Mary … Continue reading

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Dressed To Kill (1941)

Third entry in the Mike Shayne series. It’s based on the novel “The Dead Take No Bows” by Richard Burke. This is so far removed from the way Brett Halliday created the character that fans of the book series won’t … Continue reading

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Sleepers West (1941)

Second entry in the Mike Shayne series. It’s not based on any of the Brett Halliday novels but instead is from the 1933 book “Sleepers East” by Frederick Nebel.  This is a big improvement over the first one. There’s still … Continue reading

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Michael Shayne:Private Detective (1940)

Based on “The Private Practice Of Michael Shayne” by series creator Brett Halliday. I’ve read the series twice over the years and was disappointed the film makers moved the location from Miami to L.A. Since that’s done all the time … Continue reading

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Michael Shayne (1960-61)

Brett Hallidays’ tough as nails detective comes to life. Good to see Richard Denning as Shayne. I never bought Lloyd Nolan in the movie version. Herbert Rudley is Miami police chief Will Gentry. Jerry Paris is Mike’s best friend, reporter … Continue reading

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