Sleepers West

1940

Sleepers West

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This second entry in 20th Century-Fox's "Michael Shayne" series was a remake of the 1932 Fox romantic drama Sleepers East. In the original, the detective character was peripheral, but this changed once Michael Shayne (Lloyd Nolan) was written in as the leading character. Dogged by persistent girl reporter Kay Bentley (Lynn Bari), private detective Shayne tries his best to secretly escort murder-trial witness Helen Carlson (Mary Beth Hughes) by train from Denver to San Francisco. Helen's testimony will free a man falsely accused of murder, which will also effectively destroy the election chances of a machine politician. Thus, Mike has to protect Helen from any and all likely assassins, including hired torpedo Carl Izzard (Don Costello), who manages to inveigle Kay's wishy-washy fiance Tom Linscott (Don Douglas) into his camp. Meanwhile, the incognito Helen strikes up a clandestine relationship with fellow passenger Everett Jason (Louis-Jean Heydt), who is harboring a few secrets of his own. Based on a story by Frederick Nebel (or "Torchy Blaine" fame), Sleepers West is full of chock-full of fascinating characterizations and startling little surprises, and is considered by many to be the best of Fox's "Michael Shayne" installments.

Cast

Lloyd Nolan
as Michael Shayne
Lynn Bari
as Kay Bentley
Mary Beth Hughes
as Helen Carlson
Don Costello
as Carl Izzard
Louis Jean Heydt
as Everett Jason
Edward S. Brophy
as George Trautwein
Ben Carter
as Pullman Porter
Don Douglas
as Tom Linscott
Oscar O'Shea
as McGowan
Harry Hayden
as Conductor Lyons
Ferike Boros
as Old Lady
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  • Mar 30, 2014
    Not as good as the first in the series "Dressed to Kill" but still amiable, Lloyd Nolan in the lead helps a great deal.
    jay n Super Reviewer

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