Pretty good but not without a few flaws.
planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
4 November 2012
This is one of about a dozen Boston Blackie TV episodes in the public
domain that are available for free download at archive.org. In general,
the shows are entertaining but rather simple mysteries. After all, it's
hard to make a complex on in under 30 minutes!
"Waterfront Murder" begins with a man being killed with the most
ridiculous weapon--a blowgun! This is the sort of ways folks were
killed in B-movies and TV but I doubt if anyone outside the Amazonian
rain forest was ever killed this way! When Blackie goes to interview
the widow, she, too, dies from a blowgun dart! Why and who is behind
this? Leave it up to Blackie, Mary and their dog to figure it out in
this one...and YES, the dog does seem more important in solving the
case than good old Inspector Farraday! There were a couple minor
problems with this otherwise interesting show. One I already
mentioned--the contrived idea of a blowgun. The other is a standard
cliché where Blackie is escaping and has a fist-fight with one of the
baddies---and not once does the bad guy call out for help or in any way
alert his compatriots about Blackie's escape! Duh...
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