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Trapped by Boston Blackie (1948)

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

Director:

Seymour Friedman

Writers:

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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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

Approved
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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

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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Followed by Boston Blackie's Chinese Venture (1949) See more »

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Better than usual entry with some good disguises...
22 September 2007 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Blackie and his sidekick, The Runt, are up to their usual tricks again, this time assuming various disguises in TRAPPED BY BOSTON BLACKIE, one of the better entries in the series. GEORGE E. STONE as The Runt has less whining and less forced comic moments than usual and even CHESTER MORRIS is less of a wise guy although he still has some overly cute moments with wisecracks.

The story concerns stolen pearls and opens at a costume party where Blackie and The Runt are assigned by a wealthy woman to keep watch over her pearls. From there on, it becomes a straightforward Blackie adventure peppered with a musical segment and the usual run-ins with the police and Inspector Farraday (RICHARD LANE) and his bumbling assistant. Farraday, too, has been toned down for this entry and is less sarcastic than usual. JUNE VINCENT provides some eye candy as a blonde beauty.

There are no real surprises but the ending wraps things up neatly with the usual explanations offered by Farraday.

Summing up: Better than usual Blackie.


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