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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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Spies smuggling diamonds out of the U.S.A.!...Other guys snuggling "that blonde" while Shayne's away! What a Situation! (original poster) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 January 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Contrabando See more »

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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 »

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If the smuggled diamonds are supposedly going to German factories, why are they smuggled from New York to Honolulu in the Pacific Theater? Answer, because with the submarine war sinking cargo ships in the Atlantic, it made sense to take the longer route through the Panama Canal and across the Pacific. See more »

Quotes

Michael Shayne: You drive a pawnbroker's bargain!
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Followed by Blonde for a Day (1946) See more »

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Aloha Oe
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Written by Queen Liliuokalani
Played as the ship pulls into Honolulu
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Surprisingly Good Detective Tale
3 November 2017 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

Detective Michael Shayne (Lloyd Nolan) boards a Hawaii-bound ocean liner on the trail of stolen industrial diamonds and a Nazi smuggling ring.

I have never heard of the Michael Shayne series, and I know by starting here I am jumping in the middle. Hopefully I didn't miss much, but the story still makes plenty of sense. And actually, it is really, really good. I get the feeling this was something of a B-picture, but today (2017) it feels more fun and fresh than some of the A-pictures of the time.

It serves as an interesting blend of detective fiction and spycraft, and has the interesting distinction of being set at least partially in Hawaii. As I understand it, the film was released in 1942 but was probably filmed in 1941... thus they had no idea just how crucial Hawaii would be to the World War II story. In fact, if this was filmed prior to Pearl harbor, America was not technically even in the war yet!


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