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Time to Kill(1943)

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The working titles of this film were Brasher Doubloon and Murder, Murder Everywhere. According to information in the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department, located at the UCLA Arts-Special Collections Library, the studio was given permission by the Treasury Department to reproduce a brasher doubloon for the film on the condition that it and the mold used to produce it were destroyed after the picture was completed. The original doubloon was minted in 1787 by Ephraim Brasher for the state of New York. Although an July 8, 1942 Hollywood Reporter news item notes that Stanley Rauh was working on the script, the extent of his contribution to the completed film has not been confirmed. On August 20, 1942, Hollywood Reporter stated that Virginia Gilmore was to have the lead opposite Lloyd Nolan. Another Hollywood Reporter news item noted that Harold Huber was set "to play the heavy" in the picture, but although Hollywood Reporter production charts include both Huber and Mary Beth Hughes in the cast, neither of them appear in the released film.
       Twentieth Century-Fox filmed Raymond Chandler's novel again in 1947 as The Brasher Doubloon, with George Montgomery as "Philip Marlowe". Time to Kill was the last Twentieth Century-Fox "Michael Shayne" picture. According to a August 31, 1942 Hollywood Reporter news item, Twentieth Century-Fox was planning to make two more pictures in the series, before dropping it so that Nolan could be cast in more prominent productions. The same news item noted that the studio would be promoting Nolan as a leading man after such Twentieth Century-Fox actors as Tyrone Power, Henry Fonda and Victor Mature temporarily retired from the screen in order to enter military service. In 1945, PRC purchased the rights to the character "Michael Shayne" from Twentieth Century-Fox and began its own series, starring Hugh Beaumont as the detective. Their first release was Murder Is My Business. For more information about the series, consult the Series Index and the entry above for Michael Shayne, Private Detective.