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 »
Towards the end of the film, the action takes place at the "Jane Drake Theatre," where "Jane Drake" is appearing a play called "Bedtime Story," written by "Lucius Drake". These characters, the play and the theatre are all left over from Bedtime Story (1941), also produced by Columbia Pictures a few months earlier, starring Loretta Young and Fredric March in the Drake roles. See more »
Fast moving caper with Chester Morris in his signature role...
These BOSTON BLACKIE movies are the kind that demand your attention never strays from the screen lest you are unable to follow the convoluted plot. They tell their tales in a brisk, no-nonsense way and seldom run ten minutes over an hour.
ALIAS BOSTON BLACKIE has Blackie finding himself implicated in the escape of a convict from a prison magic show at a Christmas celebration. LARRY PARKS (before he played Jolson in THE JOLSON STORY) is among the supporting players as the escaped convict. ADELE MARA is his worried sister who knows he wants to break out in order to seek revenge on two pals who put him there.
Blackie has to evade the detective work of Inspector Farraday (RICHARD LANE) and track down the escaped convict who becomes implicated in two murders. Along the way, he's constantly outwitting the inspector with a bag of tricks that leave him being hotly pursued by the police.
It's an entertaining enough entry in the Boston Blackie series, but nothing special.
Trivia note: Watch for an uncredited LLOYD BRIDGES as driver of the bus headed for prison. He hasn't a word of dialog.
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