Sardonic detective Shane, thrown out of one town for bringing trouble, heads for home and his ex-partner's detective agency. The business is in a sad way, and Shane, who has had the forethought to provide himself with a 250-dollar commission from an old lady on the train, is welcomed with open arms. When pretty Valerie Purvis walks in the next day willing to pay over the odds to put a tail on the man who did her wrong, Shane's way with the ladies looks like paying off yet again. But things start to go wrong when his partner is murdered, and Shane himself comes home to find his apartment wrecked by a gentlemanly crook who comes back to apologise -- and to tell him a fascinating fairy-story about the fabled Horn of Roland that looks like not being so mythical after all. Miss Purvis wants protection. The police want answers. And all sorts of people want the 'French horn'... but Shane is one jump ahead of everyone all the way. Well, almost.
Did You Know?
In the film, Madame Barabbas offers Shayne $100,000 for him to retrieve the trumpet and deliver it to her. To seal the deal, she gives him a $2,000 advance. In 2019 dollars, due to inflation, this is equivalent to approximately $1.8 million and $37 thousand, respectively. See more
The sign at the site of the first murder is misspelled; it reads "Glen Lawn Cemetary." See more
Your English friend called on me today. It seems he wants me to find him some old French Horn.
I suppose if somebody paid you for it, you'd try and find Santa Claus.
Honey, if they paid me enough, I would!
Well, you'd have as much chance at finding him as you would at finding me with an old French Horn. If there is any such thing.
I'd Rather Listen to Your Eyes
Music by Harry Warren
Played as background music during and after Shayne ransacks Miss Purvis' room See more