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 »
Opening with a car crash and a decapitation, the story is told in flashback as Jack and Doc become involved with a man who tells them that he will die in just such a manner in three days' ... See full summary »
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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