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Boston Blackie Goes Hollywood (1942)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 5 November 1942 (USA)
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 »

Director:

Michael Gordon

Writers:

Paul Yawitz (original screenplay), Jack Boyle (based upon the character created by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Chester Morris ... Boston Blackie
William Wright ... Slick Barton
Constance Worth ... Gloria Lane
Lloyd Corrigan ... Arthur Manleder
Richard Lane ... Inspector Farraday
George E. Stone ... The Runt
Forrest Tucker ... Whipper
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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 apartment, get $60,000 from a wall safe and fly to Hollywood. Blackie has just removed the money when Police Inspector Farraday and his assistant, Sergeant Matthews arrive and accuse him of robbery. They let him escape so they can follow as they think he knows something about the stolen Monterey Diamond. Blackie arrives in Hollywood and learns that Manleder has fallen for Gloria Lane, in cahoots with a gang of crooks, and had been holding the missing diamond in trust for the owner. Gloria had asked Arthur to let her wear the diamond and it was stolen. Two gangsters had appeared at the apartment and offered to recover the diamond for $60,000, which had prompted the telegram to Blackie. The two crooks also steal the money from The Runt. Blackie's plan to catch the crooks and recover the money and the diamond... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Fiction's Slickest Scoundred TRAPS a Jewel Thief...TRIPS a Blonde...Tops All His Hair-raising Exploits! (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Loira do Diamante See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The $314.90 for the plane tickets would equate to over $4,900 in 2017. See more »

Goofs

When Blackie and The Runt get out of the taxi and walk into the airport terminal, a moving shadow of the boom microphone is briefly visible on the wall behind them. See more »

Connections

Followed by The Chance of a Lifetime (1943) See more »

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Not bad for the genre, but also nothing new or exciting either
6 April 2007 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Turner Classic Movies just recently showed most of the Boston Blackie films starring Chester Morris and while they are pretty good B-detective films, they are also very, very formulaic--even for the genre. I practically saw all of these movies and noticed that the same stupid inspector and his subhuman sidekick are accusing Blackie of committing the crimes in question. And, each time, Bost Blackie solves the crime for them--making their idiocy apparent again and again and again. You'd think that these bumblers would be fired and that any cop with a functioning cortex would realize the best thing to do it just sit back and let Blackie solve the crime! Plus, in the process, the Inspector almost always gets himself captured or is tricked by Blackie. At first, this is all pretty funny, but by the time this film came out, the formula was wearing a bit thin. They could have easily kept most of the formula but also had the cops not always been so stupid--this would have greatly improved the films.

About the only new thing about this film is that now in addition to the idiotic cops, Blackie has a rich friend who is introduced to the series and he manages to be even dumber than the police!! While it would have been easy for even a two year-old to figure out what was happening, this Neanderthal was clueless--making the film itself seem pretty lame in spots. Still, the snappy dialog and able support by Blackie's buddy, Runt, is pretty good and make this film an amiable time-passer--just don't expect anything particularly new or interesting except for appearances by very young actors Forrest Tucker and Lloyd Bridges.


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