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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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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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1941'S HEADLINE MENACE! (original print media ad - all caps) See more »

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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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The character, "Boston Blackie," was first used in a story, "Boston Blackie's Mary," by Jack Boyle, in Red Book Magazine, published November 1917. 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: Who are you, or who do you think you are?
Horatio 'Boston Blackie' Black: At the moment, I'm the fugitive from an autopsy.
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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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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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