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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 »

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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 »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The fourth of 14 "Boston Blackie" films starring Chester Morris released by Columbia from 1941 to 1949. 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

Follows Blackie's Redemption (1919) See more »

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Blackie goes Hollywood - but not to become a star...
9 February 2014 | by binapiraeusSee all my reviews

This time, Boston Blackie REALLY gets a taste of his old 'job': a rich friend of his phones him to 'break' into his apartment and crack his safe to take out 6000 dollars and bring them to him in L.A. - but... Inspector Faraday catches him right 'in the act', with the safe open and the money in his hands; so THIS time, he thinks, he's got him for good!

Of course, now the usual cat-and-mouse game follows, with the money and a precious jewel changing hands countless times (and Blackie meeting some of his old 'pals' from Sing Sing days...), with escapes from planes, hotel rooms and even elevator shafts - hilarious fun, as always! (With the cops being dumber than ever before...) And for a change, nobody gets murdered this time - so you could really call this a VERY entertaining, funny family crime movie, suited perfectly for any 8- or 10-year old; but nonetheless equally fun to watch for adults...


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