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"Boston Blackie" Cop Killer (1951)

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Enemy to those who make him their enemy friend to those who have no friends

5/10
Author: kapelusznik18 from United States
12 May 2016

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***SPOILERS*** Boston Blackie played by Kent Taylor has a personal score to settle here in that a gang of armored car robbers, who already killed three people, killed his good friend office Tommy Adams as he was was about to write them out a ticket for making a wrong turn. This turned out to be a wrong turn of their part in that it lead to Boston Blackie tracking them down with the help of no one, the police were barking up the wrong tree, and bringing them to justice. Even though none of them lived long enough to see the inside of a courtroom.

It was a number of burned $50,00 bills found in the blasted out, with a bazooka, armored truck that lead Blackie to find out who the robbers & cop killers were. That's after one of them Frank Carson got cold feet and tried to check out on the other two who got to him before he could make his gateway from both the police or Boston Blackie as well as his fellow armored car robbers themselves.

***SPOILERS*** It's at a gravel pit outside town that Blackie finally found Tommy Adam's killers as well as the remaining armored car robbers and almost lost his life ,by being pushed down a cliff, in doing it. Still not deterred in what he went through and with his mind on business Blackie finished the two crooks off before the police lead by Inspector Faraday came on the scene. It was Blackie girlfriend Mary Wesley and pet white and tan dog Whitey who were more helpful to him then the police who seemed never to be there when he needed them!

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Compact and well executed.

8/10
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
16 October 2012

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In the 1940s, Columbia Pictures made a series of Boston Blackie films starring Chester Morris. Each of these B-movies lasted about an hour and were consistently enjoyable. In 1951, the series was revived but with a different cast--and a time slot of only 30 minutes. Can the show work with such an abbreviated running time and unfamiliar faces? Well, in the case of "Cop Killer", the answer is YES--as the show manages to cram a lot into it and it seems almost like a mini-movie. In addition, while I still would have preferred to see Chester Morris, Kent Taylor and the rest were good and up to the task.

In this episode, Blackie is talking with a friend on the police intercom. The friend is a young cop on the beat and Blackie is horrified when the conversation is cut short because a routine traffic stop results in the cop's death! Oddly, the police inspector allows Blackie to help him investigate the case--and Blackie uses a clever ruse to get the criminals to begin fighting with each other. Well made and satisfying.

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