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Meet Boston Blackie (1941)

Approved  |   |  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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Mystery over Coney Island! See more »

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Crime | Drama

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20 February 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rasto nas Trevas  »

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(copyright length) (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

A Hollywood Reporter production chart listed George E. Stone as a cast member, but he was not seen in the film. Stone replaced Charles Wagenheim as "The Runt" in later films in the series. 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

Tunnel of Horror Attendant: Quick get a cop, we got a dead doll on our hands.
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Connections

Followed by Confessions of Boston Blackie (1941) 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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Did everyone know Morse Code back then?
25 May 2005 | by (Derby, UK) – See all my reviews

This was a good start to the Chester Morris Boston Blackie series of yarns at Columbia, the next 13 more or less maintained this frantic pitch of action and badinage. On the print I've got it looked like one of Blackie's magic tricks had been cut out in the first minute, not auguring well for the completeness of the rest of the film, but if there were cuts, they were expertly executed.

Blackie about to be pulled in by Inspector Farraday (Richard Lane) for robbery gets mixed up with murders and spies and dames. On the way through the cast have a splendid assortment of patter eg dame to Blackie "Who are you?" - "At the moment a fugitive from an autopsy", or Blackie to Farraday "You'll be pounding the beat so far out of town you'll have to send smoke signals to report in", keeping just the right balance in what was, after all, a comedy-thriller. Rochelle Hudson as Cecilia looked extremely decorative, especially when she took that hat off! What were we supposed to be thinking she was thinking at the end of the film?!

Minor points: I preferred George E. Stone as the Runt to come, but all the cast were excellent, and the film could have done with 5 or 10 minutes more, but all the same basically I'm glad at what we've got. Not for serious people - if you like the genre as I do I recommend you watch the entire series, if you don't like the genre why not watch the entire series just to waste your time.


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