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The Phantom Thief (1946)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 2 May 1946 (USA)
Blackie tricks a blackmailer-murderer into a confession. Story involves sinister seances and ghostly apparitions.

Director:

D. Ross Lederman

Writers:

Jack Boyle (character), G.A. Snow (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Chester Morris ... Horatio 'Boston Blackie' Black
Jeff Donnell ... Anne Parks Duncan
Richard Lane ... Inspector John Farraday
Dusty Anderson ... Sandra
George E. Stone ... The Runt
Frank Sully ... Detective Sergeant Matthews
Marvin Miller ... Dr. Nejino
Wilton Graff ... Rex Duncan
Murray Alper ... Eddie Alexander, Chauffeur
Forbes Murray ... Dr. Purcell Nash
Joseph Crehan ... 'Jumbo' Madigan - Pawnbroker
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Storyline

Boston Blackie, in the 11th film of the Columbia series, indulges in some wit-trading with a squirmy spiritualist who deals in blackmail, murder and the occult. "Blackie" out to help his pal, "Runt," recover some jewels, finds himself involved in the homicides, and also finds himself as the prime suspect, and now has to find the real culprit in order to clear himself. So "Blackie,", a man of many talents and already a proved magician from cases past, shows he knows a little bit about dancing skeletons, walking phantoms and spiritualism himself, and holds a séance to unmask the murderer. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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THE SPIRITS MOVE HIM...AND BLACKIE'S ON THE SPOT AGAIN! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 May 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Boston Blackie's Private Ghost See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Eleventh of fourteen "Boston Blackie" films starring Chester Morris released by Columbia Pictures from 1941 to 1949. See more »

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Horatio 'Boston Blackie' Black: As soon as I get done fixing your ethical code I need to work on your grammar.
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Followed by Boston Blackie's Chinese Venture (1949) See more »

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Despite a few familiar story elements, this one is different enough to make it a welcome addition to the series
16 September 2007 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I have now seen every Boston Blackie film with Chester Morris but one and I can say that the series is a very mixed bag. Though the films started off extremely well (blending a nice mixture of action and comedy), they also suffered terribly from repetitive plots. It was as if Columbia Pictures could have cared less that in EVERY episode you have the ignorant Inspector Farraday and his idiotic Sergeant accusing Blackie of whatever crimes are committed--even though in every movie it turns out that not only is Blackie innocent but he solves the crime himself. This schtick gets pretty old after a while and no cop can be half as stupid as Farraday or his sub-human assistant. Plus, plot elements are often recycled (such as two movies where Blackie performs a magic show at a prison and a prisoner uses this to escape, stolen jewels again and again as well as Blackie and Runt dressing up as Black cleaning ladies, etc., etc., etc.). Forutately, aside from the moronic inspector and sidekick, this film IS different and doesn't have that recycled feel to it--with a nifty plot involving a phony psychic and, of course, a murder! The usual good acting and fast pace are of course present and make for an enjoyable romp.


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