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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 »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

An early example of a closed-circuit television security system is shown, with sound and a large (for the time) rear-projection screen. See more »

Quotes

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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Follows The Return of Boston Blackie (1927) See more »

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Talking to the Spirit World
15 September 2007 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

Thought this film was one of the best Boston Blackie films with all kinds of slapstick going on with George E. Stone, (The Runt) and Chester Morris, (Boston Blackie). In this film Richard Lane, (Inspector John Farraday) carries on with the same type of role he has played in other films, only in this film Farraday is constantly accusing Boston Blackie of every murder. The Runt manages to get Boston Blackie involved in a diamond necklace which has been stolen from Jeff Donnell, (Ann Duncan) who gives a great supporting role. Dr. Nejino,(Marvin Miller) performs séance's with all kinds of voices from the dead being heard and ghostly hands floating in the air and plenty of trap doors opening and closing in the closets. This film will entertain you, however, this film is a Classic 1946 film and has plenty of the same old thing which is repeated in all of these B films.


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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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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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