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The Phantom Thief (1946)

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:

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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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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

Inspector John Farraday: Accidents like this don't happen twice in one night.
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Follows Boston Blackie Goes Hollywood (1942) See more »

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Some ghostly fun as well as mystery with Boston Blackie
28 May 2012 | by calvinnmeSee all my reviews

This entry in the Boston Blackie series has Blackie trying to help a young woman who is being blackmailed by a spiritualist, Dr. Nejino, played by familiar Columbia heavy Marvin Miller. When Blackie confronts Nejino, the doctor does something unusual for a spiritualist in these old movies - he admits the whole séance business is an act, but that it is an act that helps his patients deal with the losses of loved ones in their own way and in their own time. In the case of the young woman in question - wealthy Anne Duncan - her father's death has left her terribly lonely in spite of her recent marriage. So Nejino invites Blackie to watch one of his séances. The problem is, during the séance a member of the audience is knifed in the back. Of course, Blackie is suspect number one in the case.

This one has plenty of good old fashioned haunted house and ghostly fun, and if it seems that magic is a recurring theme in the Boston Blackie series, it is so for a reason. Chester Morris was a very good amateur magician, even entertaining the troops during World War II with his act. Recommended for anyone who specifically likes the Boston Blackie series or the old B detective movies of the 40's in general.


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