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Trapped by Boston Blackie (1948)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 13 May 1948 (USA)
Blackie is the natural suspect when an expensive pearl necklace is stolen while he is supposed to be guarding it.

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Seymour Friedman

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Maurice Tombragel (screenplay), Charles R. Marion (story) (as Charles Marion) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview:
Chester Morris ... Boston Blackie
June Vincent ... Doris Bradley
Richard Lane ... Inspector Farraday
Patricia Barry ... Joan Howell (as Patricia White)
Edward Norris ... Igor Borio
George E. Stone ... The Runt
Frank Sully ... Sgt. Matthews
Fay Baker ... Sandra Doray
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When Boston Blackie's private detective friend Joe Kenyon is killed in an auto crash under suspicious circumstances, Blackie makes an offer to Mrs. Kenyon to take his place as a guard at a party given by the wealthy Mrs. Carter, who owns one of the world's most expensive pearl necklaces. His friend Runt goes along also. The necklace disappears while Mrs. Carter, accompanied by her dancing instructor Igor Borio, entertains her guests. Inspector Farraday is called in and finds (not to his great surprise as Blackie is always his first suspect) the pearls in Blackie's pocket. Blackie and the Runt make a hasty exit. Searching the apartment of Mrs. Carter's niece Doris Bradley, Blackie finds the pearls again, hidden in the lining of a coat belonging to Doris' friend Joan Howell who had been at the party and is in love with Borio. Investigating Borio, Blackie learns that the dancer's secretary, Sandra Doray, was connected with a jewel robbery in the south. He sets a trap for them, only to ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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THREE WOMEN WANT BLACKIE...arrested! (original lobby card) See more »

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Triunfo de Boston Blackie See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Last appearance by George E. Stone as "The Runt" in the "Boston Blackie" series. He was teamed with Chester Morris for 12 of the 14 films Morris made, save for the first and last. See more »

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Inspector Farraday: [to Sgt. Matthews] Look, a man is only as smart as the people he surrounds himself with. Now take me, I... Nevermind. In the dull blank expanse of your face I can read the dismal promise of the years to come.
[sits down dejectedly]
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Blackie wears various disguises and dances his way through this one
1 July 2012 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Much as I like Chester Morris and the Boston Blackie series, when you see these films in close proximity to one another, the formula becomes a little bit of a bore.

Blackie (Morris) and The Runt (George E. Stone) are given the assignment of guarding a woman who is wearing her very expensive pearls at a party. Guess what. They're stolen and Inspector Farraday (Richard Lane) and company blame Blackie. So he has to clear himself by finding them.

There were some cute scenes in this film, the best when Blackie with a mustache goes to a dance school to take lessons. He's hilarious, talking about from the time he was so high - no, this high, he's wanted to dance. "I'm a bird in a cage," he says. "Dancing will release me." June Vincent is a beautiful blonde who gives the film some real class - she really should have had a better career in films. She never moved up from the Bs. She moved into television in the '50s and did very well.

I never understand how Farraday can't see right through all those disguises, but I guess you have to go along with the illusion of film.

Morris gives the film a light, relaxed touch, and thank goodness because he keeps these movies going. This particular film is okay, worth seeing for Blackie trying to infiltrate his way into the dance studio and for seeing them pose as husband and wife - a riot.

This was George E. Stone's last appearance as The Runt.


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