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The Adventures of Michael Shayne, Private Detective

Michael Shayne, "the reckless, red-headed Irishman" was a popular hard-boiled detective created by American crime novelist Brett Halliday. Update: additional episodes

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Michael Shayne
Private Detective drama (1944 - 53)

Michael ShayneMichael Shayne, "the reckless, red-headed Irishman" was a popular hard-boiled detective created by American crime novelist Brett Haliday. Mike blew into Miami just after WWII, making crime pay by fighting it with a license and an attitude. Like Mike Hammer and other Phillip Marlowe wannabes, he was a loner. He was a guy with a sense of humor, like Sam Spade or Richard Diamond. He was different from the others, however, because in the first of the Haliday novels, Mike's happily married, but suddenly his wife is tragically murdered, and that hits Mike like no sucker punch before or after. Grief-stricken, Shayne loses himself the gumshoe grind, prowling the darker streets of the American dream complete with the (then) very adult themes of drugs and middle-class adultery. Shayne was the genuine fighting Irish, and his believability made him a popular private eye with the Post World War veterans who had lived more than their share of violent morality.

The radio version of Mike's exploits debuted as Michael Shayne, Private Detective in the fall of 1944 with the fine radio actor Wally Maher as Mike. In the fall of 1946, the show went national for a year. Mutual did it again in 1948, titled The New Adventures of Michael Shayne, starring the hunky movie star Jeff Chandler. Many like Chandler's Shayne, Jeff did the job for two years, of which nearly three dozen episodes or so are available. (Chandler played the love interest in Our Miss Brooks, proving he could handle comedy as well as tough guys.)

Jeff ChandlerIn 1952-53, Donald Curtis took over for Mike for another ride, with Robert Sterling jumping in as replacement along the way, calling this one Mike Shayne, Private Detective. During these years, the Michael Shayne novels by Brett Halliday kept the public tuned in and wanting more of their boy Shayne.

Halliday didn't do the old time radio show scripts, but took the money for his creation, as well he should. That's the American way. In the early 1960's, Mike Shayne took a stab at TV, with Richard Denning playing the part. Still, many of us agree radio's the best place for noir drama, where the shadows grow longer until the words are everything in the dark. The best of it is simply as good as it gets.

Other private eyes on radio that play it rough are The Adventures of Philip Marlowe, Sam Spade, Pat Novak for Hire and Jeff Regan, both done by Jack Webb. Also there's Richard Diamond, Nero Wolfe, The Saint, Boston Blackie, The Falcon and The Fat Man. Adventure shows with mystery and action abound on radio, including Bold Venture, Broadway is My Beat, Box 13, Dangerous Assignment, Escape, I Love a Mystery and many more.

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    61 recordings on 2 MP3 CDs for just $10.00
    total playtime 28 hours, 40 min
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    Volume 1 - 31 shows - total playtime 15 hours 9 minutes
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    1. Michael Shayne 450402 25 Meet Me At Oakland Depot.mp3
    2. Michael Shayne 450409 26 Haunted House.mp3
    3. Michael Shayne 450416 27 Date At Cliff House.mp3
    4. Michael Shayne 450423 28 Body In The Trunk.mp3
    5. Michael Shayne 450430 29 Pirates In San Francisco Bay.mp3
    6. Michael Shayne 450507 30 Big Voice Means A Big Body.mp3
    7. Michael Shayne 450514 31 Date With A Wedding.mp3
    8. Michael Shayne 450521 32 Murder Trial Of Jack Holmes.mp3
    9. Michael Shayne 450528 33 Re-Create A Murder.mp3
    10. Michael Shayne 450604 34 Judge Stanton Murdered.mp3
    11. Michael Shayne 450611 35 Mary Noble Suspects Uncle Briggs.mp3
    12. Michael Shayne 450618 36 Investment In An Invention.mp3
    13. Michael Shayne 450625 37 Body By The Piano.mp3
    14. Michael Shayne 450702 38 Malcolm Boyd Case.mp3
    15. Michael Shayne 450709 39 Gossip Writer.mp3
    16. Michael Shayne 450716 40 Tire Oriental Lines.mp3
    17. Michael Shayne 450723 41 Strange Business Call.mp3
    18. Michael Shayne 450730 42 Museum Thefts.mp3
    19. Michael Shayne 450806 43 Missing Body.mp3
    20. Michael Shayne 450813 44 Dr Grant's Dilemma.mp3
    21. Michael Shayne 450820 45 Red Lead Mystery.mp3
    22. Michael Shayne 450827 46 Behind The Footlights.mp3
    23. Michael Shayne 450903 47 Signed, REM.mp3
    24. Michael Shayne 450910 48 John M Crowder's Body.mp3
    25. Michael Shayne 450917 49 Mr Dixon's Life In Danger.mp3
    26. Michael Shayne 450924 50 Shadow William P Pringle.mp3
    27. Michael Shayne 460000 The Left Handed Clue.mp3
    28. Michael Shayne 460826 Freeman Murder.mp3
    29. Michael Shayne 461105 01 Return To Huxley.mp3
    30. Michael Shayne 461112 02 Poisoned Fan.mp3
    31. Michael Shayne 470114 03 Judge Shot, Motive Revenge.mp3
    Volume 2 - 30 shows - total playtime 13 hours 31 minutes
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    1. Michael Shayne 490507 01 Man Who Lived Forever.mp3
    2. Michael Shayne 490514 02 Hunted Bride.mp3
    3. Michael Shayne 490521 03 Blood Stained Pearls.mp3
    4. Michael Shayne 490528 04 Phantom Gun.mp3
    5. Michael Shayne 490604 05 Hate That Killed.mp3
    6. Michael Shayne 490611 06 Greyeyed Blonde.mp3
    7. Michael Shayne 490612 aud Audition Show.mp3
    8. Michael Shayne 490618 07 Model Murder.mp3
    9. Michael Shayne 490625 08 Generous Killer.mp3
    10. Michael Shayne 490702 09 Pursuit Of Death.mp3
    11. Michael Shayne 490709 10 Crooked Wheel.mp3
    12. Michael Shayne 490716 11 Wandering Fingerprints.mp3
    13. Michael Shayne 490723 12 Purloined Corpse.mp3
    14. Michael Shayne 490730 13 Lefthanded Fan.mp3
    15. Michael Shayne 490806 14 Deadly Dough.mp3
    16. Michael Shayne 490813 15 Popular Corpse.mp3
    17. Michael Shayne 490820 16 Bayou Monster.mp3
    18. Michael Shayne 490827 17 Problem In Murder.mp3
    19. Michael Shayne 490903 18 High Priced Twins.mp3
    20. Michael Shayne 490910 19 Carnival Killer.mp3
    21. Michael Shayne 490917 20 Constant Companion.mp3
    22. Michael Shayne 490924 21 Borrowed Heirloom.mp3
    23. Michael Shayne 491001 22 Mailorder Murders.mp3
    24. Michael Shayne 491008 23 Phantom Neighbor.mp3
    25. Michael Shayne 491015 24 Tahlanis Tears.mp3
    26. Michael Shayne 491022 25 Eager Victim.mp3
    27. Michael Shayne 491029 26 Corresponding Corpse.mp3
    28. Michael Shayne Pilot 530403 Queen Of Narcotics.mp3
    29. Michael Shayne Pilot Body In Trunk.mp3
    30. Michael Shayne Pilot Too Many Suspects Too Many Alibis.mp3
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    61 recordings on 2 MP3 Collection Downloads for just $10.00
    total playtime 28 hours, 40 min
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    Volume 1 - 31 shows - total playtime 15 hours 9 minutes
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    1. Michael Shayne 450402 25 Meet Me At Oakland Depot.mp3
    2. Michael Shayne 450409 26 Haunted House.mp3
    3. Michael Shayne 450416 27 Date At Cliff House.mp3
    4. Michael Shayne 450423 28 Body In The Trunk.mp3
    5. Michael Shayne 450430 29 Pirates In San Francisco Bay.mp3
    6. Michael Shayne 450507 30 Big Voice Means A Big Body.mp3
    7. Michael Shayne 450514 31 Date With A Wedding.mp3
    8. Michael Shayne 450521 32 Murder Trial Of Jack Holmes.mp3
    9. Michael Shayne 450528 33 Re-Create A Murder.mp3
    10. Michael Shayne 450604 34 Judge Stanton Murdered.mp3
    11. Michael Shayne 450611 35 Mary Noble Suspects Uncle Briggs.mp3
    12. Michael Shayne 450618 36 Investment In An Invention.mp3
    13. Michael Shayne 450625 37 Body By The Piano.mp3
    14. Michael Shayne 450702 38 Malcolm Boyd Case.mp3
    15. Michael Shayne 450709 39 Gossip Writer.mp3
    16. Michael Shayne 450716 40 Tire Oriental Lines.mp3
    17. Michael Shayne 450723 41 Strange Business Call.mp3
    18. Michael Shayne 450730 42 Museum Thefts.mp3
    19. Michael Shayne 450806 43 Missing Body.mp3
    20. Michael Shayne 450813 44 Dr Grant's Dilemma.mp3
    21. Michael Shayne 450820 45 Red Lead Mystery.mp3
    22. Michael Shayne 450827 46 Behind The Footlights.mp3
    23. Michael Shayne 450903 47 Signed, REM.mp3
    24. Michael Shayne 450910 48 John M Crowder's Body.mp3
    25. Michael Shayne 450917 49 Mr Dixon's Life In Danger.mp3
    26. Michael Shayne 450924 50 Shadow William P Pringle.mp3
    27. Michael Shayne 460000 The Left Handed Clue.mp3
    28. Michael Shayne 460826 Freeman Murder.mp3
    29. Michael Shayne 461105 01 Return To Huxley.mp3
    30. Michael Shayne 461112 02 Poisoned Fan.mp3
    31. Michael Shayne 470114 03 Judge Shot, Motive Revenge.mp3
    Volume 2 - 30 shows - total playtime 13 hours 31 minutes
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    1. Michael Shayne 490507 01 Man Who Lived Forever.mp3
    2. Michael Shayne 490514 02 Hunted Bride.mp3
    3. Michael Shayne 490521 03 Blood Stained Pearls.mp3
    4. Michael Shayne 490528 04 Phantom Gun.mp3
    5. Michael Shayne 490604 05 Hate That Killed.mp3
    6. Michael Shayne 490611 06 Greyeyed Blonde.mp3
    7. Michael Shayne 490612 aud Audition Show.mp3
    8. Michael Shayne 490618 07 Model Murder.mp3
    9. Michael Shayne 490625 08 Generous Killer.mp3
    10. Michael Shayne 490702 09 Pursuit Of Death.mp3
    11. Michael Shayne 490709 10 Crooked Wheel.mp3
    12. Michael Shayne 490716 11 Wandering Fingerprints.mp3
    13. Michael Shayne 490723 12 Purloined Corpse.mp3
    14. Michael Shayne 490730 13 Lefthanded Fan.mp3
    15. Michael Shayne 490806 14 Deadly Dough.mp3
    16. Michael Shayne 490813 15 Popular Corpse.mp3
    17. Michael Shayne 490820 16 Bayou Monster.mp3
    18. Michael Shayne 490827 17 Problem In Murder.mp3
    19. Michael Shayne 490903 18 High Priced Twins.mp3
    20. Michael Shayne 490910 19 Carnival Killer.mp3
    21. Michael Shayne 490917 20 Constant Companion.mp3
    22. Michael Shayne 490924 21 Borrowed Heirloom.mp3
    23. Michael Shayne 491001 22 Mailorder Murders.mp3
    24. Michael Shayne 491008 23 Phantom Neighbor.mp3
    25. Michael Shayne 491015 24 Tahlanis Tears.mp3
    26. Michael Shayne 491022 25 Eager Victim.mp3
    27. Michael Shayne 491029 26 Corresponding Corpse.mp3
    28. Michael Shayne Pilot 530403 Queen Of Narcotics.mp3
    29. Michael Shayne Pilot Body In Trunk.mp3
    30. Michael Shayne Pilot Too Many Suspects Too Many Alibis.mp3
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    61 recordings on 31 Audio CDs
    total playtime 28 hours, 40 min

    Disc A001

    1. Michael Shayne Pilot Body In Trunk
    2. Michael Shayne Pilot Too Many Suspects Too Many Alibis

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    Disc A002

    1. Michael Shayne 450402 25 Meet Me At Oakland Depot
    2. Michael Shayne 450409 26 Haunted House

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    Disc A003

    1. Michael Shayne 450416 27 Date At Cliff House
    2. Michael Shayne 450423 28 Body In The Trunk

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    Disc A004

    1. Michael Shayne 450430 29 Pirates In San Francisco Bay
    2. Michael Shayne 450507 30 Big Voice Means A Big Body

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    Disc A005

    1. Michael Shayne 450514 31 Date With A Wedding
    2. Michael Shayne 450521 32 Murder Trial Of Jack Holmes

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    Disc A006

    1. Michael Shayne 450528 33 Re-Create A Murder
    2. Michael Shayne 450604 34 Judge Stanton Murdered

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    Disc A007

    1. Michael Shayne 450611 35 Mary Noble Suspects Uncle Briggs
    2. Michael Shayne 450618 36 Investment In An Invention

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    Disc A008

    1. Michael Shayne 450625 37 Body By The Piano
    2. Michael Shayne 450702 38 Malcolm Boyd Case

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    Disc A009

    1. Michael Shayne 450709 39 Gossip Writer
    2. Michael Shayne 450716 40 Tire Oriental Lines

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    Disc A010

    1. Michael Shayne 450723 41 Strange Business Call
    2. Michael Shayne 450730 42 Museum Thefts

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    Disc A011

    1. Michael Shayne 450806 43 Missing Body
    2. Michael Shayne 450813 44 Dr Grant's Dilemma

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    Disc A012

    1. Michael Shayne 450820 45 Red Lead Mystery
    2. Michael Shayne 450827 46 Behind The Footlights

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    Disc A013

    1. Michael Shayne 450903 47 Signed, REM
    2. Michael Shayne 450910 48 John M Crowder's Body

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    Disc A014

    1. Michael Shayne 450917 49 Mr Dixon's Life In Danger
    2. Michael Shayne 450924 50 Shadow William P Pringle

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    Disc A015

    1. Michael Shayne 460000 The Left Handed Clue
    2. Michael Shayne 460826 Freeman Murder

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    Disc A016

    1. Michael Shayne 461105 01 Return To Huxley
    2. Michael Shayne 461112 02 Poisoned Fan

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    Disc A017

    1. Michael Shayne 470114 03 Judge Shot, Motive Revenge
    2. Michael Shayne 490507 01 Man Who Lived Forever

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    Disc A018

    1. Michael Shayne 490514 02 Hunted Bride
    2. Michael Shayne 490521 03 Blood Stained Pearls

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    Disc A019

    1. Michael Shayne 490528 04 Phantom Gun
    2. Michael Shayne 490604 05 Hate That Killed

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    Disc A020

    1. Michael Shayne 490611 06 Greyeyed Blonde
    2. Michael Shayne 490612 aud Audition Show

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    Disc A021

    1. Michael Shayne 490618 07 Model Murder
    2. Michael Shayne 490625 08 Generous Killer

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    Disc A022

    1. Michael Shayne 490702 09 Pursuit Of Death
    2. Michael Shayne 490709 10 Crooked Wheel

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    Disc A023

    1. Michael Shayne 490716 11 Wandering Fingerprints
    2. Michael Shayne 490723 12 Purloined Corpse

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    Disc A024

    1. Michael Shayne 490730 13 Lefthanded Fan
    2. Michael Shayne 490806 14 Deadly Dough

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    Disc A025

    1. Michael Shayne 490813 15 Popular Corpse
    2. Michael Shayne 490820 16 Bayou Monster

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    Disc A026

    1. Michael Shayne 490827 17 Problem In Murder
    2. Michael Shayne 490903 18 High Priced Twins

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    Disc A027

    1. Michael Shayne 490910 19 Carnival Killer
    2. Michael Shayne 490917 20 Constant Companion

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    Disc A028

    1. Michael Shayne 490924 21 Borrowed Heirloom
    2. Michael Shayne 491001 22 Mailorder Murders

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    Disc A029

    1. Michael Shayne 491008 23 Phantom Neighbor
    2. Michael Shayne 491015 24 Tahlanis Tears

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    Disc A030

    1. Michael Shayne 491022 25 Eager Victim
    2. Michael Shayne 491029 26 Corresponding Corpse

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    Disc A031

    1. Michael Shayne Pilot 530403 Queen Of Narcotics

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