Just Off Broadway (1942)

65-66 mins | Drama | 25 September 1942

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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Twelve Men in a Box . According to a HR news item, technical advisor Frank L. James was a former Los Angeles police officer. For more information on the series, consult the Series Index and the entry below for Michael Shayne, Private Detective ... More Less

The working title of this film was Twelve Men in a Box . According to a HR news item, technical advisor Frank L. James was a former Los Angeles police officer. For more information on the series, consult the Series Index and the entry below for Michael Shayne, Private Detective . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
22 Aug 1942.
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Daily Variety
11 Aug 42
p. 3.
Film Daily
11 Aug 42
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Jan 42
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Feb 42
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Apr 42
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Apr 42
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
1 May 42
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
22 May 42
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Jul 42
p. 13.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Aug 42
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
12 Sep 1942.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
15 Aug 42
p. 840.
New York Times
29 Aug 42
p. 18.
Variety
12 Aug 42
p. 20.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Exec prod
WRITERS
Based on an idea by
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
Mus dir
PRODUCTION MISC
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the character "Michael Shayne" created by Brett Halliday.
SONGS
"It Happened, It's Over, Let's Forget It," music by Ralph Rainger, lyrics by Leo Robin.
DETAILS
Series:
Alternate Title:
Twelve Men in a Box
Release Date:
25 September 1942
Production Date:
30 April--late May 1942
Copyright Claimant:
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
25 September 1942
Copyright Number:
LP11644
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
65-66
Length(in feet):
5,913
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Private detective Michael Shayne is a juror at the trial of Lillian Hubbard, a socialite accused of murdering her fiancé, Harley Forsythe. One afternoon, Lillian's attorney, John Logan, calls to the stand Henry Randolph, a butler who works in the apartment next door to Lillian's. Randolph testifies that he saw Lillian arrive home at 7:15, although a previous witness, singer Rita Darling, testified that she saw Lillian at Forsythe's apartment at 9:30, which means that she was there in time to commit the murder. Before Randolph, who is visibly nervous, can be cross-examined, a mysterious man enters the courtroom, throws a knife at Randolph and kills him. Shayne hides the knife, then later that evening, sneaks out of the hotel in which he and the other jurors are sequestered, and returns to the courtroom to get the knife. It has already been retrieved by Judy Taylor, however, a reporter and Shayne's ex-girl friend. When Judy insists on going along while Shayne investigates, he explains that he suspects that someone killed Randolph in order to prevent Lillian from being acquited. At Logan's apartment, Shayne deduces that Randolph could not have seen or heard Lillian as he claimed, which means that the butler perjured himself. Shayne and Judy then go to a vaudeville theater at which knife thrower Count Edmond Telmachio is performing, and in his dressing room find a knife identical to the one used to kill Randolph. Telmachio knocks out Shayne and flees, but Shayne and Judy follow him to a warehouse. There, they discover the body of the recently strangled Telmachio, and in his pocket, a brooch in the shape of a dolphin ... +


Private detective Michael Shayne is a juror at the trial of Lillian Hubbard, a socialite accused of murdering her fiancé, Harley Forsythe. One afternoon, Lillian's attorney, John Logan, calls to the stand Henry Randolph, a butler who works in the apartment next door to Lillian's. Randolph testifies that he saw Lillian arrive home at 7:15, although a previous witness, singer Rita Darling, testified that she saw Lillian at Forsythe's apartment at 9:30, which means that she was there in time to commit the murder. Before Randolph, who is visibly nervous, can be cross-examined, a mysterious man enters the courtroom, throws a knife at Randolph and kills him. Shayne hides the knife, then later that evening, sneaks out of the hotel in which he and the other jurors are sequestered, and returns to the courtroom to get the knife. It has already been retrieved by Judy Taylor, however, a reporter and Shayne's ex-girl friend. When Judy insists on going along while Shayne investigates, he explains that he suspects that someone killed Randolph in order to prevent Lillian from being acquited. At Logan's apartment, Shayne deduces that Randolph could not have seen or heard Lillian as he claimed, which means that the butler perjured himself. Shayne and Judy then go to a vaudeville theater at which knife thrower Count Edmond Telmachio is performing, and in his dressing room find a knife identical to the one used to kill Randolph. Telmachio knocks out Shayne and flees, but Shayne and Judy follow him to a warehouse. There, they discover the body of the recently strangled Telmachio, and in his pocket, a brooch in the shape of a dolphin with an inscription reading "To Rita from George." They then go to the Dolphin Club, which is owned by George Dolphin and features Rita Darling as its star attraction. Rita denies that the brooch is hers but admits to dating Forsythe before Lillian did. Determined to prove that Rita and possibly George are involved with the murders, Shayne finds Sidney Arno, the jeweler who made the brooch, and persuades him to testify in court the next day. Shayne returns to the hotel just before freelance photographer Roy Higgins, who has been following him all night, catches him. The next day in the courtroom, Rita and George again deny any knowledge of the brooch and protest that they are innocent of the murders. Working with the district attorney, to whom he had sent a letter detailing his investigation, Shayne engineers it so that Logan takes the stand. Logan admits that he has loved Lillian since childhood and was upset about her involvement with Forsythe, a disreputable lothario. Shayne then questions Arno, who confesses that upon Logan's orders, he and another jeweler not only made the brooch to throw suspicion on Rita and George, but also the knives for Telmachio to kill Randolph in case he faltered in his testimony. Logan is arrested for the murders, while Shayne is jailed for sixty days for contempt of court for having escaped from the jurors' hotel. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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