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17 out of 18 people found the following review useful:

"Calling Mr. Horatio Black"

Author: Gary170459 from Derby, UK
5 June 2005

This one was played slightly more serious, but still packed with some sparkling repartee especially between Blackie and Farraday. The plot actually intrudes on the comedy! However a running gag is supplied by the Runt in the process of getting married to a six foot stripper but being continually thwarted, until the very end ...

I can even forgive some of the more Keystone moments: such as Blackie being escorted between Farraday and Matthews, simply backing off and making a run for it, Arthur immediately taking his place, and fooling the two dumb cops all the way to the station. A delicious moment was where F&M realise their police car has been stolen by Blackie and a baddie and everyone but them knew it.

Good effort, nice production values, and better script make this a welcome entry.

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

The Runt is getting married

Author: blanche-2 from United States
21 April 2012

"After Midnight with Boston Blackie" is another fun entry into the Boston Blackie series, starring Chester Morris and George E. Stone. An old man, Diamond Ed Barnaby (Walter Baldwin) is freed from prison and intends to give some stolen diamonds to his daughter (Betty Barnaby). However, his old gang wants them. His troubled daughter appeals to involved with the police and proves himself smarter. Meanwhile, The Runt's marriage to one Dixie Rose Blossom (Jan Buckingham) keeps being delayed, and friend Arthur Manleder (Lloyd Corrigan) has to keep the intended entertained, since the wedding is taking place at his apartment.

These Blackie films follow the same formula over and over - the dumb Inspector Farraday (Richard Lane) and the clever Blackie interfering with a police case - which is a good thing because without Blackie, the case would never be solved.

Nevertheless, these films always manage to be entertaining, thanks in large art to Chester Morris and George E. Stone. Morris has a lot of charm and a lighthearted attitude as Blackie. He manages to keep some of these tired plots going. Hard to believe that the woman who played the sweet daughter Betty is the same woman who played the hard-boiled femme fatale in Detour.

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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

Typical Boston Blackie 1940's Film

Author: whpratt1 from United States
7 April 2007

This low budget film with the usual cast of characters has Chester Morris, as Boston Blackie coming to the aid of an ex-con buddy who he got to know while serving in the State Penn. His buddy is being released and has some diamonds hidden my his previous business investments and is afraid his old gang will want the diamonds and kill him. Ann Savage, "Detore" is the ex-con's daughter and she wants to look after him and seeks Boston Blackie's help. Richard Lane, Inspector Farraday is still out to handcuff and arrest Blackie for breaking into a locker containing the diamonds. There is train rides and plenty of car chases and Boston Blackie even impersonates an African American in order to disguise himself from Cy Kendall the top gangster. If you like these sequels, you will love this film which runs very smoothly and is enjoyable.

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Diamond trouble again...

Author: binapiraeus from Greece
9 February 2014

There's Boston Blackie again getting mixed up with other people's diamonds: an old pal from jail days, who's just been released himself, asks him to collect the very valuable diamonds he'd stolen and hidden in order to secure his daughter's future. But, of course, there are other crooks as well who want to get their hands on the jewels - and so, there are the familiar chases again, Blackie's caught once more by Inspector Faraday in front of an open safe; arrests, escapes, murders... And which day out of all does he (or rather, the gang that tries to track him and the diamonds down) pick for all those asphalt jungle adventures? His friend's, the Runt's wedding day! So you can just guess how many times the ceremony is delayed... until a VERY surprising ending!

Another very entertaining - and VERY inventive on the part of the authors! - Boston Blackie tale, with Chester Morris in GREAT shape: this time he even does a short black face comedy to get into the top gangster's house! And all this hokum mixes surprisingly well with some 'tougher' crime movie moments; a great treat not only for 'Boston Blackie' addicts!

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Efficient and entertaining

Author: csteidler from Minnesota
1 September 2011

The Runt is getting married—that is, if his and Blackie's wealthy friend Arthur can manage to keep the few principals involved in the wedding assembled in his house for more than thirty seconds. Blackie, however, is occupied helping an old friend's daughter sort out a mystery involving the missing father, some diamonds he had hidden and a gang of crooks who will stop at nothing to seize those diamonds. Of course, Inspector Farraday and his dumb assistant Matthews are on hand, slapping Blackie with any charge handy and letting Blackie slip away as needed to work on the actual solving of the case.

Cy Kendall is particularly oily as the head villain here, even though he had appeared in at least two previous series outings as an old underworld pal of Blackie's. Walter Sande as Detective Matthews is wonderfully hapless as comic foil and brunt of insults for both Farraday and Blackie. (Farraday making a point: "I have Matthews as a witness!" Blackie: "Well, I wouldn't brag about that.")

A handful of comments and events in the film allude to the war—particularly a scene set during a blackout when cops, bad guys and Blackie and friends are all chasing each other around in the dark. But for the most part, this is your standard escapist B mystery featuring familiar characters, plentiful comic relief and an easy-to-follow plot about diamonds and murder.

We never do find out if Blackie's "ulcer remedy" that he shares with Farraday is the real stuff, or just a trick. I suspect a trick, since one of the ingredients is ketchup.

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Fast paced, good humored, well acted, good fun.

Author: jknoppow from Seattle, USA
7 March 2002

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***SPOILERS*** ***SPOILERS*** One of the better Blackies, this film is fast paced, good humored, well acted, good fun and has very nice production values.

'Diamond Ed' Barnaby has just been released from prison, according to the Warden, for a charge he "could have beaten." Some of his old 'friends' are very concerned with this; he's been released early and they aren't ready for it. They're very interested in some diamonds he has.

Joe Herschel, the leader of the gang, wants those diamonds, and he tracks down Ed after Ed has put them in a rented box. Joe tells Ed to give him the rocks, but Ed says that they're going to his daughter and to nowhere else. He tells Joe to leave him alone, or he'll have Boston Blackie on his neck.

But Joe's gang takes Ed to an office where they threaten him with a gun. He tells them where the diamonds are, and they leave him tied up. He manages to get to the telephone, and dial the operator. He tells police Inspector Farraday to go to the building that houses the boxes, to look for two men who are going to open box 13 and take the diamonds. But before he can finish the conversation, someone comes into the office and shoots him to death.

Blackie has a key for the box, and he and his sidekick The Runt get there first--just in time for Farraday to nab him.

Farraday has traced the call to the club owned by Joe, but when he brings Blackie and The Runt to the club, Joe denies that anyone was shot in his office or that anyone used his telephone.

Blackie manages to start a fire and escapes. Can Boston Blackie find out who killed 'Diamond Ed' Barnaby, find the diamonds, and restore them to sweet Betty Barnaby, or will the crooks triumph and Blackie end up in prison on a trumped up charge?

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

another fast and fun entry in the Boston Blackie series

Author: calvinnme from United States
21 April 2012

Columbia Pictures had an unbeatable formula in the 40's - get stars who had passed out of the limelight but still had great talent and charisma and make them the leads in short B crime mystery films with lively scripts. They did this with Warner Baxter and the Crime Doctor series, with Warren William and the Lone Wolf series, and with Chester Morris and the Boston Blackie series. They also had a habit of naming the films in almost a random way. For example this film has nothing to do with the hour of midnight or what came before or after.

The basis of the story is an old friend of Boston Blackie -"Diamond Ed" - is getting out of jail and has some diamonds hidden away for his grown daughter that are apparently from the heist for which he was doing time. His old gang has been waiting for him to get out and wants the loot. Blackie is drawn into the whole situation by Ed's daughter, who wants Blackie to help Ed decide to go straight. Of course, things never go right for Blackie or else we wouldn't have a story and soon Blackie finds himself falsely accused of killing Diamond Ed to get to his loot. The incompetent and always mistrusting detective Farraday and his sidekick Matthews get their usual exercise jumping to conclusions and running in circles.

There are a few items of note in this particular Boston Blackie film. First, we finally get to hear Blackie's real name. Second, apparently Blackie's friend "The Runt" (George E. Stone) has it in him to court and marry a very tall and buxom amazon of a woman who's a burlesque dancer at a local club...or does he??? Finally, I may have missed something but it is not entirely apparent at the end that Blackie turns over Ed's diamonds to the police. You walk away at the end not knowing if Blackie gave the diamonds to the daughter and told her to keep them or not. For a production code era crime film this would be quite an event.

Action packed from beginning to end, and even using a WWII west coast blackout as a plot device, I highly recommend this fast little film.

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Author: edwagreen from United States
30 June 2017

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Inane Boston Blackie caper with Chester Morris in the title role.

An old guy is released from prison after spending years there for a jewelry heist. Met by his daughter, he knows he has to leave town before the mob gets to him. Of course, he catches a fatal bullet and you never see the daughter again in the film.

Blackie along with his wily assistant get involved in all this and each time the latter is supposed to be married, something invariably comes up which delays the ceremony.

The whole story is contrived with everyone riding around in cars in chase of each other.

The one redeeming feature of the film is at the end when the often-to-be bride is surprised by the police and it is revealed what she really is.

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The diamonds are in the rough, but the rough can't beat Boston Blackie!

Author: mark.waltz from United States
25 April 2017

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There's a nice mix of comedy and intrigue in this thriller about stolen diamonds that brings Chester Morris's Blackie up against future "Detour" star Ann Savage. Actually, she's a heroine here, kidnapped by the bad guys so they can get Blackie to bring them the diamonds. Once again, George E. Stone and Lloyd Corrigan are the comic relief, joined by Dick Elliott in a hostage situation. It's a debate as to which fat man is the cheeriest: the eternally smiling Corrigan or the constantly laughing Elliott. Stone gets a great gag moment as well, as his character ("the runt") cuddles with the gigantic Jan Buckingham to get his hands on a diamond broach caught on her waste.

It became apparent to me with this entry in the series that it hit its height with the first two films, but evened out to 5-6 rating four films, forward, into the series. At the end of each film, police lieutenant Richard Lane and his dumb stump of a sidekick, Walter Sande, kept insisting that the case they completed might not have been solved without Blackie's help, but by the beginning of the next film, they were at odds again. This maintains enough action and intrigue, mixed with the right amount of comedy, to maintain its dignity and a proper pace, making this an acceptable, decent, entry in the series, although far from the near excellence of the first two.

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"You can write them yarns in your book if any jury'll let you live that long."

Author: utgard14 from USA
2 April 2014

An old man named Diamond Ed Barnaby is released from prison and is reunited with his now-grown daughter. But the reunion is cut short when gangsters kidnap him and demand he reveal the location of some diamonds he stole years before. The daughter goes to Boston Blackie (Chester Morris) for help. Blackie figures out where the diamonds are but not before Barnaby is killed. When Blackie arrives to get the diamonds, Inspector Farraday (Richard Lane) is waiting for him and convinced Blackie murdered the old man.

Pretty good Boston Blackie picture. Not the best but entertaining. Nicely fits in a WW2 backdrop (city-wide blackout drill) as part of the story. Morris, Lane, and George E. Stone as Runt are all in good form. There's one scene that will ruffle some feathers today. Boston Blackie smears soot all over his face in order to pass as a black man and slip by Inspector Farraday's moronic sidekick, Sgt. Matthews.

Oddly, one of the bad guys in this is played by Cy Kendall. Kendall played a criminal type named Jumbo Madigan who gave Blackie information in several other Boston Blackie films, including the ones before and after this picture. However, here he plays a similar but more evil character named Joe Herschel that is much more involved in the plot. I didn't even know they were different characters until one of Joe's goons called him by that name.

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