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Blue, White and Perfect (1942)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 6 January 1942 (USA)
Detective Michael Shayne boards a Hawaii-bound ocean liner on the trail of stolen industrial diamonds and a Nazi smuggling ring.

Director:

Herbert I. Leeds

Writers:

Borden Chase (story), Samuel G. Engel (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lloyd Nolan ... Michael Shayne
Mary Beth Hughes ... Merle Garland
Helene Reynolds ... Helen Shaw
George Reeves ... Juan Arturo O'Hara
Steven Geray ... Vanderhoefen
Henry Victor ... Rudolf Hagerman
Curt Bois ... Friedrich Gerber, alias Nappy Dubois
Marie Blake ... Ethel
Emmett Vogan Emmett Vogan ... Charlie
Mae Marsh ... Mrs. Bertha Toby
Frank Orth ... Mr. Toby
Ivan Lebedeff ... Alexis Fournier
Wade Boteler ... Judge
Charles Trowbridge ... Capt. Brown
Edward Earle ... First Officer Richards
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Storyline

In order to win back his girlfriend, Mike Shayne promises to give up his detective practice and get a job as riveter in an aircraft plant. He quickly finds himself investigating the theft of industrial diamonds from the plant's safe and, utilizing a variety of false identities, traces them first to a dress factory and later to a Hawaii-bound ocean liner. Escaping several attempts on his life, he is able to uncover a Nazi smuggling ring, but the location of the missing diamonds continues to elude him. Written by duke1029

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Mike Shayne battles smugglers and spies to keep them in the U.S.A It's his most dangerous assignment! (original poster) See more »


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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 January 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Contrabando See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Other product placements in this film are cartons of Chesterfield cigarettes and a sign for Challenge ice cream. See more »

Goofs

Juan Arturo O'Hara uses a pistol with a silencer. However, the weapon is a revolver, a type of pistol on which a silencer does not work. See more »

Quotes

Rudolf Hagerman: Exactly who are you?
Michael Shayne: [In a mocking tone] Exactly Oliver Twist!
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Connections

Follows Michael Shayne: Private Detective (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Aloha Oe
(uncredited)
Written by Queen Liliuokalani
Played as the ship pulls into Honolulu
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love that Michael Shayne
28 April 2012 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

The Michael Shayne series was a great gig for Lloyd Nolan as he didn't get to play many leads. "Blue, White, and Perfect" from 1942 is a fun entry into the series, and for us boomers, another chance to see George Reeves without his Superman cape. The film also features Helene Reynolds and Mary Beth Hughes.

In this one, Shayne takes a job as a riveter, at first to watch for sabotage, but after a robbery of industrial diamonds, to ferret out the criminal. Actually the job is a great cover as his fiancée, Merle, is pressuring him to get out of the detective business.

The trail leads to Hawaii. Since this film was released in January of 1942, it looks like it was filmed before Pearl Harbor, so the placement of the story in Hawaii is interesting, plus the fact that we seem to be on the trail of not Japanese, but Nazis. In order to get money for passage on the ship, Shayne convinces Merle to make a $1000 deposit on a ranch. Clever if low! On the ship, he meets Juan Arturo O'Hara (Reeves) and an old client, Helen Shaw, who now owns a dress shop in Hawaii. It gets pretty dicey from there as someone tries to kill Shayne, by not only shooting, but drowning! Director Herbert Leeds keeps the action going at a snappy pace. Highly entertaining, with a lively performance by Nolan, and a charming one by Reeves, whose career never regained its momentum after his war service.

Very good.


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