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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
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

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
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Blackie tracks down a wrongly convicted prisoner who escapes during a Christmas magic show.

Director: Lew Landers
Stars: Chester Morris, Adele Mara, Richard Lane
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Boston Blackie and his pal, The Runt, are ready to board a train for Florida when Blackie gets a telegram from his friend Arthur Manleder asking Blackie to go to Manleder's New York ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Gordon
Stars: Chester Morris, William Wright, Constance Worth
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
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 6.2/10 X  

Blackie is enlisted by the police to help recover the Blue Star of the Nile diamond, stolen from a war relief exhibit.

Director: Budd Boetticher
Stars: Chester Morris, Janis Carter, William Wright
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
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Blackie tricks a blackmailer-murderer into a confession. Story involves sinister seances and ghostly apparitions.

Director: D. Ross Lederman
Stars: Chester Morris, Jeff Donnell, Richard Lane
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Blackie is the natural suspect when an expensive pearl necklace is stolen while he is supposed to be guarding it.

Director: Seymour Friedman
Stars: Chester Morris, June Vincent, Richard Lane
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Director: William Castle
Stars: Chester Morris, Erik Rolf, Jeanne Bates
Crime | Thriller | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

When a Nazi saboteur jeeringly predicts to the nation new depredations, via their radio 'Voice of Terror', the Intellegence Inner Council summons Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone)to help in ... See full summary »

Director: John Rawlins
Stars: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Evelyn Ankers
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

When Bill and Connie Fuller are forced to move out of their Manhattan apartment because of their pet dog, Connie persuades Bill to buy a dilapidated old Pennsylvania house that George Washington allegedly slept in.

Director: William Keighley
Stars: Jack Benny, Ann Sheridan, Charles Coburn
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Cecelia Bradley
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Constance Worth ...
Marilyn Howard
Jack O'Malley ...
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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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Murder in the Tunnel of Love! 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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(copyright length) (TCM print)

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(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 knocks the head off the real mechanical man with a pitched ball; in the subsequent long shot, the head is intact. See more »

Quotes

Cecelia Bradley: You thrive on this sort of excitement, don't you?
Horatio 'Boston Blackie' Black: Well, it's better than vegetating.
Cecelia Bradley: Couldn't anyone ever make you live like other people do?
Horatio 'Boston Blackie' Black: You mean a normal life with a social security number and a bank book?
[Chuckles]
Horatio 'Boston Blackie' Black: I'm afraid not.
Cecelia Bradley: Not anyone?
Horatio 'Boston Blackie' Black: Unh-unh.
Cecelia Bradley: Why?
Horatio 'Boston Blackie' Black: Because she'd probably want to wait up for me nights with a light burning in the window.
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Connections

Follows The Silk-Lined Burglar (1919) See more »

Soundtracks

Santa Lucia
(uncredited)
Traditional Italian folksong
Played as backround music at the amusement park
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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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