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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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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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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. 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

Horatio 'Boston Blackie' Black: I think the lady needs a friend, and we're the friendly type.
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Connections

Follows Crooked Alley (1923) See more »

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Santa Lucia
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Traditional Italian folksong
Played as backround music at the amusement park
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Espionage on the Boardwalk
7 July 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

In the opening film of the Boston Blackie series, Chester Morris as Blackie and his pal Charles Wagenheim as the Runt are back from a long European vacation. Ready to greet them is his old nemesis, Inspector Farraday of the NYPD, still looking to pin some robberies on the smooth talking and very clever conman/jewel thief.

But homicide is not something Blackie does and when a dead body turns up in his stateroom, he's got himself in a real jam. As always there's a mysterious beautiful woman involved and Blackie trails her to Coney Island where she winds up good and dead. As Blackie escapes the men who killed her, another female turns up and helps him out as well.

Chester Morris who received an Oscar nomination in the early days of sound for his role in Alibi had gone down considerably in the Hollywood pecking order since then. The Boston Blackie character gave him a lease on life until television came along where he almost exclusively appeared until he died in 1970.

Blackie was one smooth talking charmer, but if you looked hard you could see he didn't come from any privileged background. He was clever and street smart and Meet Boston Blackie established his character who would do several films right into the Fifties. The Boston Blackie films weren't done on blockbuster budgets, but they were fast and entertaining and depended on Morris's charm which never failed.

What Blackie got himself caught up in was an espionage ring operating out of Coney Island. But of course all was righted in the end.

It had to be, Morris was signed for several more films.


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