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 »
It's murder, this time, of which Boston Blackie is suspectedthough, not surprisingly, Inspector Farraday never does get Blackie to the station to actually book him. Caught practically red-handed on a murder scene, Blackie has to resort to the old hiding-under-the-camera-hood gag, pretending he's the police photographer and backing slowly out of the room while the cops stand by watching. (Note to self to do some research: Did they still use those tripod cameras with the hood over the photographer's head in 1945?) Chester Morris is back as Boston Blackie in "Boston Blackie Booked on Suspicion," from 1945.
In this one, a counterfeit first edition of Dickens' "Pickwick Papers" is sold at auction and soon leads to murder. Blackie disguises himself as the elderly bookstore owner, even dealing with Inspector Farraday (Richard Lane) while in disguise. Hard to figure how he gets away with these disguises - it's obviously Blackie every time.
Lynn Merrick plays the book expert who works at the rare book shop, and a young Steve Cochran is her boyfriend. As someone pointed out, these two play for real, whereas Morris and The Runt (George E. Stone) are usually pretty flip. So this Blackie entry is a little more serious; also Blackie isn't at the top of his game.
Enjoyable. One of the better ones in the series.
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