|Directed by||Buzz Kulik|
|Produced by||Robert M. Weitman|
|Written by||Barry Beckerman|
|Music by||Jerry Goldsmith|
|Cinematography||Victor J. Kemper|
|Editing by||Walter Thompson|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Release date(s)||January 31,1973|
|Running time||99 minutes|
|Box office||$3,300,000 (US/ Canada rentals)|
Plot Synopsis 
Private Detective Shamus McCoy is called to the house of Hume (Ron Weyand), an eccentric diamond dealer, and is given the task of recovering some stolen diamonds. His investigation is thwarted at every turn and it is only when he is beaten by a gang of thugs to warn him off the job that he realizes that he's onto something really big. Using his friend Springy and Alexis Montaigne, the sister of a night club owner, McCoy digs for the truth about the robbery.
- Burt Reynolds - Shamus McCoy
- Dyan Cannon - Alexis Montaigne
- John Ryan - Hardcore
- Joe Santos - Lieutenant Promuto
- Giorgio Tozzi - Dottore
- Ron Weyand - E.J. Hume
- Larry Block - Springy
Variety wrote a negative review of Shamus stating that the film is "confusing...scripter Barry Beckerman drags in an assortment of mostly-unexplained characters but some dandy rough work - and finales in a fine fog. Perhaps something was lost in translation to the screen." Roger Greenspun wrote that the film "is full of appealing New York locations and much inventive action, ultimately amounts to little more than the kind of situation melodrama that the movies these days offer for excitement. On this level it is workmanlike, well-paced, modest, sometimes scary, and sometimes genuinely funny".
Robert M. Weitman produced a TV movie about the same character, A Matter of Wife... and Death (1976) with the role played by Rod Taylor. It was a pilot for a prospective series that did not eventuate.
- "Big Rental Films of 1973", Variety, 9 January 1974 p 19
- Fountain, Clarke. "Shamus: Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved August 4, 2010.
- "Shamus Review [subscription required]". Variety. January 1, 1973. Retrieved August 4, 2010.
- Greenspun, Roger (February 1, 1973). "Burt Reynolds Recalls Era of the Private Eye in 'Shamus'". New York Times. Retrieved August 4, 2010.
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