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Boston Blackie and the Law (1946)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 12 December 1946 (USA)
Blackie performs in a magic show at a women's prison, which gives an inmate an opportunity to escape.

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Boston Blackie, ex-convict and amateur magician, is doing his act at a prison-for-women, and an inmate takes the opportunity to do her own disappearing act while Blackie is doing his. Held as an accomplice, Blackie gets away and starts the search to find the escapee, and her ex-husband who was involved in the crime for which she was sentenced to prison. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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BLACKIE TRIES NEW TRICKS WITH WOMEN...MAGIC...AND MURDER! (original ad - all caps) See more »

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In his book "The Detective in Hollywood" Jon Tuska cites director Edward Dmytryk as reminiscing that actor Chester Morris loved doing magician's card tricks on set during the Boston Blackie pictures. See more »

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All the magician's tricks
12 May 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Boston Blackie And The Law finds Chester Morris doing a magic act to entertain the inmates of a woman's prison. When during a disappearing act, Constance Dowling escapes and breaks out of the joint, Blackie of course is once again held responsible.

A great deal of this episode involves Blackie demonstrating the disappearing act with cabinet with those perennial Keystone Cops Richard Lane and Frank Sully. I will never understand how Sully's character Sergeant Matthews ever passed a civil service test to be a cop in the first place.

As it turns out Dowling was a magician's assistant who knew all the magician's tricks. She was also implicated in a robbery where her former partner and husband Warren Ashe was questioned. Ashe is now doing his magic act with Trudy Marshall and these women have no use for each other.

One of the weaker Blackie films, this one is not too hard to figure the results and the slapstick with cops pads much of this film.


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