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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
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Charles Wagenheim ...
Constance Worth ...
Marilyn Howard
Jack O'Malley ...
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George Magrill ...
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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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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

Horatio 'Boston Blackie' Black: Your freaks are running amok. You oughta feed 'em more often.
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Connections

Follows The Return of Boston Blackie (1927) 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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Chester Morris makes this series worth watching
25 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I actually like some of the later Boston Blackie films better than this one, but it is a good enough opener to the series. Chester Morris usually played a hard-boiled tough guy whether he was portraying an actual criminal or just a remorseless cheating husband as he was in "The Divorcée". As Blackie he shows a good bit of finesse and range - he admits he was a thief, and apparently one that has never really been caught, but now he's going straight. He's tough when he has to be, he's a friend when he can be, a ladie's man when he gets the opportunity, and honest if possible. He is even trusted by Inspector Faraday, his nemesis, to not run away if he promises that.

This opener to the series has a patriotic theme, with Blackie's chivalry on board an ocean liner leading to the infiltration of a nest of spies. Made shortly before the beginning of World War II, a conflict that most people saw coming, movies with patriotism and spies were common up to two years before Pearl Harbor. I didn't find the story or Blackie's romantic lead particularly interesting, but I love watching Chester Morris at work here. Plus the other characters are fun too.

In particular, Charles Wagenheim as "the runt" manages to be Blackie's trusty if not very helpful associate who is reliable comic relief without becoming whiny or annoying. Inspector Farraday is no Keystone Cop, but I would think after the first half dozen times Blackie solves the crime, gift wraps the criminals, and hand delivers them to the precinct door, Farraday might begin to believe Blackie had changed.

Highly recommended as an entertaining vehicle for an underrated actor - Chester Morris.


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