Michael Shayne, Private Detective

Michael Shayne, Private Detective is a 1940 American mystery film directed by Eugene Forde and starring Lloyd Nolan, Marjorie Weaver and Joan Valerie.[1] It is based on Brett Halliday's novel The Private Practice of Michael Shayne. It was the first in a series of Michael Shayne films starring Nolan.

Michael Shayne, Private Detective
Directed byEugene Forde
Produced bySol M. Wurtzel
Written byBrett Halliday (novel)
Stanley Rauh
Manning O'Connor
StarringLloyd Nolan
Marjorie Weaver
Joan Valerie
Music byCyril J. Mockridge
CinematographyGeorge Schneiderman
Edited byAlfred DeGaetano
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • December 19, 1940 (1940-12-19)
Running time
77 minutes
CountryUnited States


A private detective is hired to act as a guardian to a wealthy man's daughter, who has been gambling away her allowance at the racetrack and associating with shady characters in a casino. However, he quickly finds himself embroiled in a murder case and has to stay one step ahead of the police while he attempts to solve it.



  1. Backer p.106


  • Backer, Ron. Mystery Movie Series of 1940s Hollywood. McFarland, 2010.
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