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Sleuthing Mary Shanley“Nobody really knew her very well—
nobody in the family…she was complex.”

Sleuthing Mary Shanley is an historical family documentary about a renowned undercover New York City policewoman in the 1930s to the 50s. Told through interviews with her niece and namesake, Mary Shanley Mullins, as well as period book, newspaper and magazine excerpts, the documentary evokes the tension between Detective Mary Shanley’s public and private lives.

Archival film clips, photos, family snapshots, home movie footage and period music all help recount the story of Mary Shanley’s steady rise within the New York City Police Department, culminating in her promotion to the rank of Detective First Grade—only the 4th woman to achieve that position.

The interviews with her niece also reveal personal background to Detective Shanley’s story, providing insight into the incident that almost cost her that hard-won career.

Award-winning documentary: “Best Documentary Short,” Big-Mini DV Festval, Long Island University, New York, NY

Format: DVD/VHS video, color and B&W, sound, 23:20 mins.
Region Code: All Regions (NTSC)
Format: Full Screen
Run time: approx. 23 mins.

The DVD also includes a 12-minute cut-down version, Detective Mary Shanley.

There are three price levels for this DVD, based on where it will be used.

Each Home DVD is $20 USD.
Each Public Library/High School DVD is $50 USD.
Each University DVD is $85 USD.

All DVDs add shipping & handling $5 ea. (U.S. First Class)

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Sleuthing Mary Shanley
Sleuthing Mary Shanley


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Mary Shanley

Sleuthing Mary Shanley


Producer/Director/Editor: Patrick Mullins
Music Composer/Music Producer: Michael Francis
Additional Music: Denis J. Mullins
© 2006 Patrick J. Mullins

Distributed by Cherry Lane Productions