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A Close Call for Boston Blackie (1946)

Sleuth Blackie is framed for murder but manages to catch the culprit.

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Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Blackie tricks a blackmailer-murderer into a confession. Story involves sinister seances and ghostly apparitions.

Director: D. Ross Lederman
Stars: Chester Morris, Jeff Donnell, Richard Lane
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

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

Director: Arthur Dreifuss
Stars: Chester Morris, Lynn Merrick, Richard Lane
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Blackie performs in a magic show at a women's prison, which gives an inmate an opportunity to escape.

Director: D. Ross Lederman
Stars: Chester Morris, Trudy Marshall, Constance Dowling
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Blackie is seen leaving a Chinese laundry where the proprietor has been murdered, and must track down the real killer in Chinatown.

Director: Seymour Friedman
Stars: Chester Morris, Maylia, Richard Lane
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Blackie is the natural suspect when an expensive pearl necklace is stolen while he is supposed to be guarding it.

Director: Seymour Friedman
Stars: Chester Morris, June Vincent, Richard Lane
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Blackie helps the police rescue hostage from an escaped maniac on a killing spree.

Director: Arthur Dreifuss
Stars: Chester Morris, Nina Foch, Steve Cochran
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

When a murder occurs on an ocean liner docked in New York, the trail leads to Coney Island and a spy ring.

Director: Robert Florey
Stars: Chester Morris, Rochelle Hudson, Richard Lane
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

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
Stars: Chester Morris, William Wright, Constance Worth
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Blackie tracks down a wrongly convicted prisoner who escapes during a Christmas magic show.

Director: Lew Landers
Stars: Chester Morris, Adele Mara, Richard Lane
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Blackie is accused of murdering a man at an art auction, which leads to the uncovering of an art racket.

Director: Edward Dmytryk
Stars: Chester Morris, Harriet Nelson, Richard Lane
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Blackie is arrested when retrieving stolen gems from a safety deposit box for a friend.

Director: Lew Landers
Stars: Chester Morris, Ann Savage, George E. Stone
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Blackie is enlisted by the police to help recover the Blue Star of the Nile diamond, stolen from a war relief exhibit.

Director: Budd Boetticher
Stars: Chester Morris, Janis Carter, William Wright
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Complete credited cast:
... Horatio 'Boston Blackie' Black / Cyrus Peyton
... Geraldine 'Gerry' Peyton
... Inspector Farraday
... Sergeant Matthews
... The Runt
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Sleuth Blackie is framed for murder but manages to catch the culprit.

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Blackie's Up To His Neckin' Trouble Again! See more »

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24 January 1946 (USA)  »

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The 10th of 14 "Boston Blackie" films starring Chester Morris released by Columbia Pictures from 1941 to 1949. See more »

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Follows Confessions of Boston Blackie (1941) See more »

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Enjoyable and fun but to me, confusing
7 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

I didn't really catch the plot of this film very well as it went by, and I really hope to see it again, because I enjoyed it very much. Boston Blackie films are fairly fast paced comedies of error rolled up inside the usual amateur sleuth beats out the dumb police B movie staple fodder. These are light hearted films, and they're made for simple enjoyment.

Beautiful blonde Gerry Payton is rescued by Boston Blackie as she is apparently about to be abducted by some thugs who are trying to drag her into their car. She asks him for help, and of course, he can't refuse such a gorgeous woman.

There is a complex plot which I didn't follow and to heck with it. But, the babe is a crook, and her boyfriend is a crook, and half of the cast are crooks, and everyone but the cops are out to convince the cops that Boston Blackie is a murderer,and the cops didn't need convincing in the first place, so Boston Blackie is sunk and there is no way out for him.

And part of the plot is that the criminals have made up a fictional baby boy, and have somehow managed to convince the grandfather of the non-existent baby boy that he should buy the boy from them for a large amount of money. Also, for some other unknown reason, they have actually managed to obtain a real baby boy, whom they are making no attempt to disguise as the fake Payton scion, since there is no one of any importance to them to see it, but nevertheless they are taking great pains to maintain this useless fiction.

Can Boston Blackie and his partner The Runt figure out the plot, clear Blackie's name, rescue the child and put the criminals into the hands of the incompetent police?

Well, maybe.


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