• Warning: Spoilers
    Speaking of series pictures, one of the best centers around the Michael Shayne character created by Davis Dresser.

    Although there are twelve movies in the Hollywood series, it's only the first seven, all starring Lloyd Nolan, that are really worth seeing.

    The opening entry, "Michael Shayne, Private Detective" (1941) has all the assets of the other Lloyd Nolan entries, bar one — an exciting plot.

    Twentieth Cenury Fox made the big mistake of basing this number one entry on an actual Davis Dresser novel. Mr Dresser's plots improved considerably as the more than seventy books in the series got underway, but in this one the old-hat story, filled to bursting with equally old-hat characters, will bore most audiences silly, despite the commendable efforts of a really first-rate cast, including the lovely heroine, Marjorie Weaver.