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Meet Boston Blackie (1941)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  20 February 1941 (USA)
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When a murder occurs on an ocean liner docked in New York, the trail leads to Coney Island and a spy ring.

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Rochelle Hudson ...
Cecelia Bradley
Richard Lane ...
Charles Wagenheim ...
Constance Worth ...
Marilyn Howard
Jack O'Malley ...
Monk
George Magrill ...
Georgie
James Seay ...
Mechanical Man (as Michael Rand)
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When a murder occurs on an ocean liner docked in New York, the trail leads to Coney Island and a spy ring.

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Spies in a freak show! See more »

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Crime | Drama

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20 February 1941 (USA)  »

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Rasto nas Trevas  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Richard Lane's character name is spelled Faraday in this film; in all subsequent films it is spelled Farraday. See more »

Goofs

Blackie uses a round-back chair to lock Cecelia in her wall bed. When the police arrive and free her, they remove a different square-back arm chair. See more »

Quotes

Insp. Farraday: I couldn't find your name on the passenger list.
Horatio 'Boston Blackie' Black: No, no, I'm using my maiden name.
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Connections

Follows Boston Blackie (1923) See more »

Soundtracks

Sobre las Olas (Over the Waves)
(1887) (uncredited)
Written by Juventino Rosas
Played as backround music at the amusement park
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The first and probably best of the series
6 April 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Recently, Turner Classic Movies has shown most of the Boston Blackie films and after having seen just about about all of them, this first appears to be the very best. I think much of this is the freshness and originality of the script. If you see it and remember it was the first of the series starring Chester Morris, the movie seems very fresh and exciting for the genre--with a great script and good doses of humor and excitement. However, many of the the wonderful things about this film were repeated again and again in later films and this is when the series began to wear a bit thin. The stupidity of the inspector and especially his assistant is funny, but not by the fifth or sixth or twelfth film--by then, it just seems....stupid. Plus, it makes sense that these two bumblers think that Blackie committed the murders--after all, Blackie had spent time in prison. However, when film after film after film Boston Blackie proves he is a good guy and solves the crimes, it really makes no sense at all that the original plot outline is STILL being followed--practically to the letter. As a result, I honestly think the average viewer is better off seeing just a few films from the series and not bothering to see them all.

Now even if this formula is a bit too strict throughout most of the series, MEET BOSTON BLACKIE is still a very good film because it has an exciting plot. Instead of a movie about a jewel theft (a theme often repeated), it involves several murders and a spy ring--something very timely since the film was made just before the US entered WWII. Snappy dialog, great action and some amazing originality (at least in this point in the series)---all these come together to make an excellent B-detective film that's every bit as good as the best of Charlie Chan or The Saint.


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