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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
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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 Nelson, Richard Lane
Drama | Mystery
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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 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 Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 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 6/10 X  

Sleuth Blackie is framed for murder but manages to catch the culprit.

Director: Lew Landers
Stars: Chester Morris, Lynn Merrick, Richard Lane
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

On their way to Africa are a group of rogues who hope to get rich there, and a seemingly innocent British couple. They meet and things happen...

Director: John Huston
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Jennifer Jones, Gina Lollobrigida
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
Boston Blackie (1951–1953)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Blackie and gal pal Mary, and their dog Whitey, solve lots of Los Angeles crimes before the cops can do it.

Stars: Kent Taylor, Lois Collier, Frank Orth
Thriller | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A German submarine is sent to the Orkney Isles in 1917 to sink the British fleet.

Director: Michael Powell
Stars: Conrad Veidt, Valerie Hobson, Sebastian Shaw
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An opinion pollster finds a town which is a perfect mirror of U.S. opinions.

Director: William A. Wellman
Stars: James Stewart, Jane Wyman, Kent Smith
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
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

An actor of the stage finds himself pursued by a lovestruck fan while trying to patch up a tempestuous relationship with his actress lover.

Director: Archie Mayo
Stars: Leslie Howard, Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland


Complete credited cast:
Cecelia Bradley
Charles Wagenheim ...
Constance Worth ...
Marilyn Howard
Jack O'Malley ...
Mechanical Man (as Michael Rand)


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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Mystery over Coney Island! See more »


Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

20 February 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rasto nas Trevas  »

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Technical Specs


(copyright length) (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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. Most of the films in the series worked on a twelve day schedule. See more »


At 42.58 Farraday and a uniformed officer arrive at Blackie's apartment building, with Blackie right behind them. At 48.26 the officer is looking out a window to the street with Blackie driving off, but the police car is gone. See more »


Horatio 'Boston Blackie' Black: I think the lady needs a friend, and we're the friendly type.
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Sobre las Olas (Over the Waves)
(1887) (uncredited)
Written by Juventino Rosas
Played as backround music at the amusement park
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Boston Blackie, the safe cracker hero!
8 February 2014 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

Now if THAT wasn't a novelty, especially in the 40s, in the middle of the Production Code reign (which EXPLICITLY says: "The treatment of crimes against the law must not... make criminals seem heroic and justified"!): Columbia Pictures took the hero of Jack Boyle's stories from the 1910s - 'Boston Blackie', a jewel thief and safe cracker! - and made him the protagonist of a whole series of 14 movies; a bigger number than quite popular and utterly decent 'Ellery Queen' or the highly moralistic 'Whistler' stories ever reached.

And from the first movie on, this safe cracker hero, thanks to Chester Morris' wonderful, charming as well as cheeky and clever performance, but also to the way the script models him, certainly IS heroic, and has the audience's FULL sympathy despite his illegal 'hobby' that has made him widely known to the police - he's even got something like a feud-friendship with Inspector Faraday.

Well, the reason his 'petty crimes' are forgivable is that, when it comes to CAPITAL crime, Boston Blackie becomes a REAL help for the police: because he's not only enormously smart and quick, but he also knows magical tricks and a lot of other things the average cop has got no idea of.

So, in this case, he himself becomes a murder suspect, and at the same time has to clear himself, to escape the assaults of the real murder gang AND to blow up a spy ring! With him is his friend and 'colleague' called 'the Runt', and a beautiful young lady whose car he 'hijacked' while fleeing from the gangsters - and sometimes with him, sometimes against him is Inspector Faraday...

You just CAN'T help loving this cheeky, wisecracking, smart rogue, and feel the suspense throughout the movie where he is almost constantly on the run from someone; this wonderful movie, full of excitement and fun, is the beginning of a wonderful film series of which you shouldn't miss a single one!

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