Michael Shayne (1960–1961)
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This Is It, Michael Shayne 

Shayne regrets taking a day off to go fishing when he learns that a would-be client, a hard-charging investigative reporter, who urgently begging for his assistance, was murdered before he ... See full summary »


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Brett Halliday (teleplay), Richard Levinson (teleplay) | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview:
Richard Denning ... Michael Shayne
Jerry Paris ... Tim Rourke
Patricia Donahue ... Lucy Hamilton
Herbert Rudley ... Lt. Will Gentry
Julie Adams ... Beatrice Drake
Vaughn Taylor ... Leonard Harsh
Alan Baxter ... Kurt Emory
Michael Pate ... Leo Gannet
Hillary Brooke ... Greta Morgan
Michael T. Mikler ... Victor (as Michael Mikler)
Gerald Trump Gerald Trump ... Page


Shayne regrets taking a day off to go fishing when he learns that a would-be client, a hard-charging investigative reporter, who urgently begging for his assistance, was murdered before he could contact her. Taking the case personally, he ignores proper procedure and begins his own investigation into her murder and learns that a gambling racketeer, her estranged husband and a man accusing her of blackmail all had reason to kill her. Written by David Bassler

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Crime | Drama





Release Date:

25 November 1960 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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[first lines]
[answering the phone]
Lucy Hamilton: Michael Shayne's office. No he hasn't, Miss Morton, I'm sorry. Well, I have tried to locate him, but... Well, just as soon as Mr. Shayne comes in, I'll have him...
Greta Morgan: I have to talk to him. I need him. Why doesn't he call?
Lucy Hamilton: Miss Morton, I can only repeat, that the reason Mr. Shayne hasn't called me is because he's on a very important case.
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Mike Shayne on television
21 March 2013 | by PaularocSee all my reviews

Even though, for me, Lloyd Nolan will always be the definitive Mike Shayne, Richard Denning is so personable in the role that he makes this pilot episode of Michael Shayne highly entertaining. Greta Morgan is an investigative reporter who repeatedly leaves frantic messages for Shayne telling him that someone will kill her. Shayne has been out fishing all day and when he returns to the office n the evening he gets a special delivery letter from Morgan asking him to investigate her murder and encloses a half of a thousand dollar bill. (This premise is weird - why didn't she call the cops? Oh well). When Shayne and his buddy, reporter Tim Rourke, go to Morgan's apartment and find that she has indeed been murdered. Fearing that Beatrice Drake, Morgan's secretary's life is in danger, Shayne takes her to his secretary's apartment to hide out. The suspects for Morgan's murder abound - a gangster she was investigating, an ex-husband, and a man who tells Shayne that Morgan was blackmailing him. While it was not hard to figure out whodunnit, it still is an entertaining episode with a strong supporting cast (especially Julie Adams). After the episode concludes, Denning and Brett Halliday, author of the Shayne books come on screen and give a message presumedly to potential sponsors for the show. Denning says, among other things, that they want to be part of "your" sales team. This was an interesting add-on to the episode.

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