Michael “Mike” Shayne is a fictional private detective character created during the late 1930s by writer Brett Halliday. The character appeared in a series of seven films starring Lloyd Nolan for Twentieth Century Fox, four films from the low-budget Producers Releasing Corporation with Hugh Beaumont, a radio series under a variety of titles between 1944 and 1953, and later in 1960–1961 in a 32-episode NBC television series starring Richard Denning in the title role. Shayne debuted in the novel Dividend on Death first published in 1939, written by Halliday, a pseudonym of Davis Dresser. Dresser wrote fifty Shayne novels. Twenty seven more were written by a variety of ghost-writers for a total of 77; 300 short stories, a dozen films, radio and television shows, and a few comic book appearances have included the character. The 1940 film Michael Shayne, Private Detective was the first in a series of 6 films. Lloyd Nolan starred as Shayne until the series was dropped by Twentieth Century Fox. You can purchase Michael Shayne radio shows from Radio Classics.
MOVIES LIST: These films are in excellent quality.
Michael Shayne – Private Detective (1940)
Sleepers West (1941)
Dressed to Kill (1941)
Blue, White and Perfect (1942)
The Man Who Wouldn’t Die (1942)
Just Off Broadway (1942)
Time to Kill (1942)
Blonde for a Day (1946) Starring Hugh Beaumont
These additional films are just acceptable quality.
Murder is My Business (1946)
Larceny in Her Heart (1946)
Three on a Ticket (1946)
Too Many Winners (1946)
These films below are great quality.
Three Men on a Raft (1958) Michael Shayne, Detective – a failed 30-minute TV pilot with Mark Stevens playing Michael Shayne.
This Is It (1960) Premier Episode of Michael Shayne, Detective TV series starring Richard Denning.