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The Man Who Wouldn't Die

1942 1h 5m Crime Drama List
Reviews 73% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings
Private eye Michael Shayne (Lloyd Nolan) goes to work for a millionaire and his daughter (Marjorie Weaver). Read More Read Less

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nick s Cutesy detective story with very stagey performances. The actors were working on amping up the giggles and weren't taking the drama seriously. This might have made an okay play but was weak as a movie and I found it a chore. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 07/18/24 Full Review Gary D Enjoyable crime drama despite obvious plot holes. If you like Lloyd Nolan definitely worth watching. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 06/03/22 Full Review Audience Member Great classic movie! Deserves all the attention it can get! Stylish and classy! Perfect example of film noirs play with light and shadows! The same kind of humour as William Powells movies! Ansolutely a movie that deserves to be seen and remembered! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Audience Member A young woman awakens at night to see a man with glowing eyes staring at her. This man shoots at her but misses and when she tells others, there's no evidence she was there! They act as if it's some sort of dream, but she's sure it isn't. Now how Michael Shayne gets involved is pretty odd. This same woman later meets him along the road and asks him to pose as her husband. She is apparently married but wants to pass Shayne off as her new husband. None of this made sense--why didn't she just bring her real husband? Why didn't she just tell people that he was a private detective--especially when he found the bullet shot at her--proving someone DID shoot at her! Odd indeed! In the midst of this mystery, a man takes off from the mansion and is chased by Shayne and the police chief. The car crashes and the man is thrown. The chief very quickly pronounces him dead. Inexplicably, the body disappears later! Was he really dead or did someone steal the corpse? This is all getting very strange and confusing (especially for the audience), as there are lots and lots of seemingly divergent plot points in the film. Supposedly, this is all related somehow to some strange magician, Zorah Bey. This is an enjoyable Michael Shayne film, mostly due to the seemingly relaxed performance by Lloyd Nolan as Shayne. However, the story is a tad confusing and seems to perhaps have too many twists and turns...but it never is dull. For lovers of B-detective films, this one is certainly worth finding. 5 stars Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Audience Member Good story! Michael Shayne gets to be someone's husband - a role he takes on with relish and hilarity! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Audience Member Solid entry in the Michael Shayne series. Lloyd Nolan is ideally cast. Good supporting cast, outstanding pace, short, entertaining and sweet. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Private eye Michael Shayne (Lloyd Nolan) goes to work for a millionaire and his daughter (Marjorie Weaver).
Herbert I. Leeds
Crime, Drama
Original Language
Release Date (Streaming)
Jan 15, 2017
1h 5m