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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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Spies in a freak show! 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

Richard Lane's character name is spelled Faraday in this film; in all subsequent films it is spelled Farraday. 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

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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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Wit to spare
22 August 2011 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

When Boston Blackie leaves a room, he likes to leave a witty note for Inspector Faraday—written in soap in large letters across a mirror. I have to admit—ever since seeing this movie, I've been looking for an opportunity to leave somebody a soap-on-mirror note. That Blackie is indeed an irresistible character, a sharp wit who leaves a clean but clever mark.

Chester Morris is excellent in that title role—fast moving, confident, a magician and a sleuth. And possibly a jewel thief…though in this film we never really know that for sure.

Richard Lane is also strong as the police inspector who is Blackie's dedicated stalker, friendly rival or both. Blackie always outwits the inspector but never makes him look stupid; Inspector Faraday vows to catch Blackie and lock him up but never resorts to dirty tricks and is not grudging in his respect for Blackie's nerve, expertise and luck.

Rochelle Hudson is very good as Cecilia Bradley, properly impressed by this man Boston Blackie who essentially hijacks her car but does it in a very dashing manner. Hudson is just right, actually—romantically interested, yes, but still plenty sharp enough to follow events and lend assistance as needed. Her smart and attractive performance hits just the right notes.

Good script, excellent pace, just the right amount of humor…oh, and all the standard amusement park elements, including a Mechanical Man who figures snugly into the plot. A top notch series opener all the way!


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