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The Chance of a Lifetime (1943)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, Crime | 26 October 1943 (USA)
Sleuth Boston Blackie (Chester Morris) helps a wartime convict (Erik Rolf) who was framed for a murder while out on parole.

Director:

William Castle

Writers:

Paul Yawitz (original screenplay), Jack Boyle (based on characters created by)
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Cast overview:
Chester Morris ... Horatio 'Boston Blackie' Black
Erik Rolf Erik Rolf ... Dooley Watson
Jeanne Bates ... Mary Watson
Richard Lane ... Insp. John Farraday
George E. Stone ... The Runt
Lloyd Corrigan ... Arthur Manleder
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Boston Blackie (Chester Morris) sponsors the parole of a group of hardened convicts so they can take up wartime-employment in a tool manufacturing plant owned by his millionaire friend Arthur Menleder. Complications arise when a gangster, "Nails" Blanton (Douglas Fowley), frames one of the paroled convicts, Dooley Watson (Erik Rolf), for a murder. Blackie, a reformed jewel thief, has to employ some of his amateur magician tricks and he and his very small sidekick, The Runt (George E. Stone), also do a cross-dressing bit , which is not a pretty sight, in order to prove the innocence of Wilson. . Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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BOSTON BLACKIE IS UP TO SOMETHING NEW..THAT LOOK IN HIS EYE MEANS TROUBLE! TRIPLE TROUBLE! (original poster-all caps) See more »


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Director William Castle tells in his biography that his first movie - Chance Of a Lifetime was a public disaster after his release. Critics destroyed the film. He was afraid of Harry Cohn's wrath because of this failure for a first movie as a director. But on the contrary, King Cohn asked him to proceed and not pay attention to the critics. See more »

Goofs

When Blackie led the surprise in his apartment on Nails he grab the gun from Nails. Blackie, pointing the gun, held the gun with his finger on the trigger. Anyone familiar with guns knows that you would not do that. The trigger finger would be on the side of the gun, not on the trigger...safety. See more »

Connections

Follows The Face in the Fog (1922) See more »

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later chapter in the Boston Blackie series
6 July 2017 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

I hope writer Jack Boyle got some of the money that was made off his man "Boston Blackie"... there were TONS of films made with that character. Chester Morris was probably the best known. In this chapter, Blackie is the chaperone for some work release prisoners, and one escapes to dig up some stolen dough. Things go haywire, as they always do, and the caper is on! Blackie has to track down the guy who knows the truth, but the police are after HIM, so he has to stay one step ahead. The usual antics, and boy, the cops were silly back then. The story kind of goes all over the place, but its okay. And it's only a 65 minute shortie. Currently showing on Turner Classics. My favorite line in here is when the desk clerk sees the guy with the beard, and says "Hey, you with the chin drapes!" Most of it is pretty average, and for the last five minutes, the fistfight takes place in the dark... rather pointless. meh. Directed by William Castle, known for low budget yet fairly successful films.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sendas Tortuosas See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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