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Meet Boston Blackie (1941)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 20 February 1941 (USA)
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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Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Mystery
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Blackie is accused of murdering a man at an art auction, which leads to the uncovering of an art racket.

Director: Edward Dmytryk
Stars: Chester Morris, Harriet Hilliard, Richard Lane
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Blackie performs in a magic show at a women's prison, which gives an inmate an opportunity to escape.

Director: D. Ross Lederman
Stars: Chester Morris, Trudy Marshall, Constance Dowling
Drama | Mystery
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Blackie tracks down a wrongly convicted prisoner who escapes during a Christmas magic show.

Director: Lew Landers
Stars: Chester Morris, Adele Mara, Richard Lane
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Blackie is arrested when retrieving stolen gems from a safety deposit box for a friend.

Director: Lew Landers
Stars: Chester Morris, Ann Savage, George E. Stone
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Sleuth Blackie is framed for murder but manages to catch the culprit.

Director: Lew Landers
Stars: Chester Morris, Lynn Merrick, Richard Lane
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Stars: Chester Morris, William Wright, Constance Worth
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Blackie is implicated in a murder when he accidently sells a phony Charles Dickens first edition at an auction.

Director: Arthur Dreifuss
Stars: Chester Morris, Lynn Merrick, Richard Lane
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

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Director: Budd Boetticher
Stars: Chester Morris, Janis Carter, William Wright
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

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Director: Seymour Friedman
Stars: Chester Morris, June Vincent, Richard Lane
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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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1941'S HEADLINE MENACE! (original print media ad - all caps) See more »

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Crime | Drama

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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This was the first in a series of Boston Blackie films starring Chester Morris and was sufficiently popular to spawn 13 more hour-long pictures. Most of the films in the series worked on a twelve day schedule. See more »

Goofs

At 42.58 Farraday and a uniformed officer arrive at Blackie's apartment building, with Blackie right behind them. At 48.26 the officer is looking out a window to the street with Blackie driving off, but the police car is gone. See more »

Quotes

Marilyn Howard: Please believe me, I'm telling you the truth
Horatio 'Boston Blackie' Black: I could use a bit of the truth.
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Connections

Followed by Boston Blackie Goes Hollywood (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Wiener Blut (Viennese Blood), Op.354
(1873) (uncredited)
Written by Johann Strauss
Played as backround music at the amusement park
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Fast-Moving Blackie Opener
3 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was my first look at this old-time crime "series," if you will, of hour-long tales starring Chester Morris as "Boston Blackie." I don't know enough about the character, since this was my first look, to make many comments on him but Morris reminds me a bit, with his smugness, of William Powell playing "Nick Charles" of "The Thin Man" movie fame.

In a nutshell, I found this movie surprisingly fast-paced and entertaining. I hope they all are similar to this with interesting characters and a good mix of crime, snappy dialog that includes humor, nice-looking "dames," chase scenes and the like. Yes, it's dated but that's okay for the most part although some scenes you shake your head with the implausibility. At the end, Blackie makes a throw that a Major Leauge baseball pitcher couldn't make, but despite the credibility it was a short, fun story that doesn't drag.

Rochelle Hudson filled the bill as the female lead. I remember her from a Shirley Temple film or two. Richard Lane was a bit odd as "Inspecor Faraday." He kept saying - or hinting - that he cared about Blackie but but at the same time he kept trying to put him in the electric chair. Some friend!

Overall, enjoyable, and I hope I see many of the 13 others in the series is they are as fast- paced as this one.


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