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The Chance of a Lifetime (1943)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  26 October 1943 (USA)
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Credited cast:
Erik Rolf ...
Dooley Watson
Jeanne Bates ...
Mary Watson
Richard Lane ...
Insp. John Farraday
Lloyd Corrigan ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Hale ...
British Newsman (scenes deleted)


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26 October 1943 (USA)  »

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The Chance of a Lifetime  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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27 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Chance of a Lifetime, The (1943)

*** (out of 4)

William Castle made his directorial debut in this sixth film in the Boston Blackie series. This time out Blackie (Chester Morris) gets ten convicts out of prison to work in a factory for the war relief. One of the convicts end up killing a man in self defense but this is enough to get all ten thrown back in prison so instead Blackie takes the blame but breaks away from Captain Farraday (Richard Lane) to find the real bad guy. Castle's direction is a little bland but the screenplay is full of wonderful gags and nice action, which makes this one of the better films I've seen in the series. Once again Morris delivers a wonderful character and I've really enjoyed this character enough to say it's probably my favorite of all these detective/mystery type films. The interplay between Morris and Lane is as fast and sharp as ever and the supporting cast playing the convicts make good.

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