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Boston Blackie Booked on Suspicion (1945)

Blackie is implicated in a murder when he accidently sells a phony Charles Dickens first edition at an auction.

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Credited cast:
... Horatio 'Boston Blackie' Black
... Constance Gloria Mannard
... Insp. John Farraday
... Sergeant Matthews
... Jack Higgins
... The Runt
... Arthur Manleder
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... Train Porter (scenes deleted)
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Blackie is implicated in a murder when he accidently sells a phony Charles Dickens first edition at an auction.

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The $62,000 paid for the book at the auction would equate to $853,000 in 2017. See more »

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At the auction, Blackie (in disguise) puts the rare Dickens book down on the table twice between shots from the front and behind. See more »

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Followed by Boston Blackie and the Law (1946) See more »

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"Booked" (verb trans.) is a pun?
3 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

For a relief from the real world which seems full of suicidal terrorist savages, I turned to this one out of the Boston Blackie series.

A simple plot: Counterfeit Pickwick Papers bought for $62,000 at auction, Blackie goes into overdrive after the thieves especially because, as usual, Inspector Farraday believes he's at the bottom of it all. With a few neat twists and turns and plenty of wisecracking it reaches a logical and satisfying conclusion - unless in error you thought you were watching Fellini - and in fact fits together like a done jigsaw puzzle. No big surprises then, but I'll have to leave you to guess whether Blackie gets his...person or not - no spoilers!

Good bits: Trussed up Blackie + cigar untying himself in hoodlum's den; Steve Cochran alternating as usual between a Tough Cookie and a Poodle; the scenes inside the hotel's dumb waiter. At this point my daughter insists Steve was gorgeously handsome and a Man! Bad bits: Too many forced laughs by the main characters, it was pleasant enough without that.


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