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Boston Blackie and the Law (1946)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 12 December 1946 (USA)
Blackie performs in a magic show at a women's prison, which gives an inmate an opportunity to escape.

Director:

D. Ross Lederman

Writers:

Harry Essex (original screen play by) (as Harry J. Essex), Malcolm Stuart Boylan (additional dialogue by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Chester Morris ... Horatio 'Boston Blackie' Black
Trudy Marshall ... Irene
Constance Dowling ... Dinah Moran
Richard Lane ... Insp. John Farraday
George E. Stone ... The Runt
Frank Sully ... Sergeant Matthews
Warren Ashe Warren Ashe ... John Lampau, alias John Jani
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Storyline

Boston Blackie, ex-convict and amateur magician, is doing his act at a prison-for-women, and an inmate takes the opportunity to do her own disappearing act while Blackie is doing his. Held as an accomplice, Blackie gets away and starts the search to find the escapee, and her ex-husband who was involved in the crime for which she was sentenced to prison. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

CALL THE COPS! TWO WOMEN ARE AFTER BLACKIE...WITH A GUN! (original poster - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Quicker Than the Eye See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Twelfth of fourteen "Boston Blackie" films starring Chester Morris released by Columbia Pictures from 1941 to 1949. See more »

Goofs

After Boston Blackie and his magic box are taken to Inspector Farraday's office, Blackie insults the inspector by describing his hat as cheap. The inspector throws his white hat towards a coat tree that has several coats and a black hat already hanging on it. Blackie then hides from Sergeant Matthews in the box, and slips away from police headquarters. While Matthews dismantles the box with a fire ax, Farraday re-enters the room but the coat tree now has no hats and only one coat hanging on it. See more »

Quotes

The Runt: Here we are again. No place like home.
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Connections

Followed by Trapped by Boston Blackie (1948) See more »

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Why a remake?
5 December 2007 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

"Boston Blackie and the Law" is a remake of "Alias Boston Blackie" with a gender switch - a woman female prisoner escapes during a magic show instead of a male. It seems a little silly to have remade it. Blackie is in good form first doing his own magic show at the female penitentiary and later disguising himself as a magician whose ex-wife is out to get the money they apparently both stole, for which she took the rap, and to kill him. The Grunt and Matthews, the dumbo-o police investigator, as well as Inspector Farraday are all around. Heavy emphasis is on stupid Matthews as Blackie fools him with a disappearing act.

I never understand Blackie's disguises - to me, it always looks like Blackie, and I'm amazed no one figures it out. Nevertheless, Chester Morris makes even these repeat stories palatable as does George E. Stone as The Grunt. It's just a little disappointing - the theme is always the same - Blackie in trouble with the law for something he didn't do so now he has to find the real villain - so why retread an old story is beyond me. And how come no one recognized it?


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