Seventh of 14 "Boston Blackie" films starring Chester Morris released by Columbia Pictures from 1941 to 1949. See more »
After the diamond is stolen, Inspector Farraday tells a gang of reporters in his office that the diamond is worth $500,000. However, the promotional sign that sits outside the exhibit states, "Valued at $200,000." See more »
The entry is mainly for fans of the Blackie series. I dropped in because of cult actress Janis Carter and cult director Buddy Boetticher. However, not much of classic Boetticher shows in the pacing or proceedings, but Carter does show her brand of spunk as an ace newspaper reporter. The plot revolves around a stolen diamond that may or may not be a fake.
But the real appeal, such as it is, is with the characters. Lane does his bit as a fast-talking Inspector Farraday, while Morris tries on a few colorful impersonations in pursuit of the culprits. Still, I wish we saw more in a bit part of the gorgeous Dorothy Malone, who's clearly on her way up the Hollywood ladder. Then too, more of Carter would have added more spice to a plot pretty much lacking in suspense. As things stand, the movie is an occasionally humorous programmer but nothing more.
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