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Ninth film in Columbia's Boston Blackie series once again features
Chester Morris in the role. In this film, a psychopath (Steve Cochran)
escapes from an asylum and begins to strangle various women. It appears
he's working his way down a line until he can meet a dancer (Nina Foch)
he became obsessed with in the asylum. Blackie (Morris), The Runt
(George E. Stone) and Inspector Farraday (Richard Lane) are once again
hot on the case. This is a step up from the last couple films I've seen
in the series because it's unlike anything that came before it. Cochran
is very good as the killer and the screenplay doesn't shy away from his
evilness. Morris, Stone and Lane are as entertaining as ever. Morris
gets to do a couple nice magic tricks in the film and the twist
involving the killer trapping him was well written.
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