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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.


D. Ross Lederman


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




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 ... John Lampau, alias John Jani


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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A WOMAN WHO WORKED AT MURDER! (original ad - all caps) See more »


Crime | Drama | Mystery


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


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 »


Insp. John Farraday: What have you got in that quonset hut?
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Follows The Phantom Thief (1946) See more »

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All the magician's tricks
12 May 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Boston Blackie And The Law finds Chester Morris doing a magic act to entertain the inmates of a woman's prison. When during a disappearing act, Constance Dowling escapes and breaks out of the joint, Blackie of course is once again held responsible.

A great deal of this episode involves Blackie demonstrating the disappearing act with cabinet with those perennial Keystone Cops Richard Lane and Frank Sully. I will never understand how Sully's character Sergeant Matthews ever passed a civil service test to be a cop in the first place.

As it turns out Dowling was a magician's assistant who knew all the magician's tricks. She was also implicated in a robbery where her former partner and husband Warren Ashe was questioned. Ashe is now doing his magic act with Trudy Marshall and these women have no use for each other.

One of the weaker Blackie films, this one is not too hard to figure the results and the slapstick with cops pads much of this film.

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Release Date:

12 December 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Quicker Than the Eye See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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