Satan Met a Lady

Synopsis: Sardonic detective Shane, thrown out of one town for bringing trouble, heads for home and his ex-partner's detective agency. The business is in a sad way, and Shane, who has had the forethought to provide himself with a 250-dollar commission from an old lady on the train, is welcomed with open arms. When pretty Valerie Purvis walks in the next day willing to pay over the odds to put a tail on the man who did her wrong, Shane's way with the ladies looks like paying off yet again. But things start to go wrong when his partner is murdered, and Shane himself comes home to find his apartment wrecked by a gentlemanly crook who comes back to apologise -- and to tell him a fascinating fairy-story about the fabled Horn of Roland that looks like not being so mythical after all. Miss Purvis wants protection. The police want answers. And all sorts of people want the 'French horn'... but Shane is one jump ahead of everyone all the way. Well, almost.
Director(s): William Dieterle
Production: Warner Bros.
74 min

Hold it, hold it.

No, no, not you.

Come on, get out of here. Get out of here!

Yes, that's fine. Thank you.

Mrs. Lucy, it's beautiful.

That's it. Are you the father?

- No.

- I am.

Get out of here.

This is nothing to the celebration

this town ought to give for your leaving.

- Now, get out and stay out.

- Yeah. We don't want any more

private detectives like you

making public scandal.


If the towns on this road knew

how much danger was headed their way,

they'd all be out flagging this train

to keep on going.

If you ever need me, boys,

you'll know where to look.

Right where there's the most trouble.

Oh, my darling!

Mr. Nash, I don't mind telling you,

with all my jewelry,

I'd be terrified of someone stealing it

if I hadn't had you here

to help me guard it.

If you're going to stay in San Morego,

you'll be needing

a bodyguard every minute.

I've always found it the most peaceful

and respectable place in the world.

They've cracked down on racketeers

in all the big crime cities.

And so they've moved in,

whole mobs of them,

on your nice, quiet, little city.

It's unprepared and unaccustomed

to dealing with their dirty work.

Well, that sounds logical, all right.

And it's logical I need a bodyguard.

Most certainly.

Just be careful who you get.

In a city full of crooks,

you might get a crook for a guard.

But how should I know?

You've lived there.

Perhaps, you can recommend somebody.

- I could if you insist, Mrs. Arden.

- Oh, would you please, Mr. Nash?

I'd be so grateful.

And when you're in San Morego,

don't forget to call me up.

I'm in the book.

Mrs. Arden, you're in the bag.


- Can I help you?

- You're not a customer, are you?

No, sweetheart, I'm a detective.

Oh, that's just what we need,

a detective to find us a case.

Something told me to come here.

Maybe it was because of you.

Something told me to get out of here.

Maybe it was because of you.

You're leaving because Ames can't afford

to keep you on. Is that it, kitten?

The only case we've had

in weeks was a woman...

Do you keep this?

The only case we've had in weeks

was a woman who lost her pet poodle

and wanted Ames to find it for her.

- And Ames couldn't find it, eh?

- No.

Well, perhaps that's a good thing.

A poodle would probably scare Ames

to death. Is the genius in?

- Yes, but he doesn't like to be waked up.

- Oh, that's all right.

I'll probably be just a part

of his nightmare.

What's this?

- Shane.

- Your old partner come back.

What for?

To save you from further

wild goose chases after pet poodles.

- Why didn't you stay where you were?

- I needed a rest.

Bet you'll get plenty of it here.

Ames Detective Agency.

Who? Mrs. R. Manchester Arden?

Honey, this is it. I'll take it in here.

Mr. Ames speaking personally.

Shut up.

Mrs. R. Manchester Arden?

Why, of course, I've heard of you.

Well, it was very subtle of the gentleman

to recommend us. All right, Mrs. Arden.

Oh, yes, we should have a small advance.

Say $250.

I'll handle your case personally.

Goodbye, Mrs. Arden.

Well, was that phone call another one

of your practical jokes?

Yes, practical to the extent of $250.

You heard me.

Well, maybe you'll let me know

what this case is,

now that you've assigned me

to it personally.

Mrs. R. Manchester Arden is a grand

dame. I met her on the train.

Very doughy, with flesh and money both.

Enough money to believe my story

that she needed a bodyguard

because this town was full of crooks.

- So, I told her about you.

- Well, what do we do now?

You follow her wherever she goes.

So she'll think she needs you,

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Brown Holmes

Brown Holmes (December 12, 1907, Toledo, Ohio – February 12, 1974, Los Angeles County, California) was an American screenwriter who worked for several major Hollywood studios in the 1930s and 1940s. Among his credits are several highly regarded prison films: I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932), 20,000 Years in Sing Sing (1932) and Castle on the Hudson (1940). He also wrote or co-wrote two adaptations of Dashiell Hammett's 1930 detective novel The Maltese Falcon: The Maltese Falcon (1931) and Satan Met a Lady (1936). more…

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