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Boston Blackie's Chinese Venture (1949)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 2 March 1949 (USA)
Blackie is seen leaving a Chinese laundry where the proprietor has been murdered, and must track down the real killer in Chinatown.

Director:

Seymour Friedman

Writers:

Maurice Tombragel (story and screenplay), Jack Boyle (based on character by)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Chester Morris ... Horatio 'Boston Blackie' Black
Maylia ... Mei Ling
Richard Lane ... Inspector William R. Farraday
Don McGuire ... Les - the Bus Guide
Joan Woodbury ... Red - the Bar-Girl
Sid Tomack Sid Tomack ... The Runt
Frank Sully ... Detective Sergeant Matthews
Charles Arnt ... Pop Gerard
Luis Van Rooten Luis Van Rooten ... Bill Craddock (as Louis Van Rooten)
Philip Ahn ... Wong Chung Shee
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Storyline

Blackie is seen leaving a Chinese laundry where the proprietor has been murdered, and must track down the real killer in Chinatown.

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Blackie Saves A China Doll From A Red-Headed Moll! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 March 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Boston Blackie's Chinese Adventure See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The last of fourteen "Boston Blackie" films starring Chester Morris released by Columbia Picturs from 1941 to 1949. See more »

Goofs

When The Runt knocks out Les (again) and he, Blackie and Mei Ling leave the room and walk down the hall, the camera pushes forward to follow and then a moving shadow of the camera becomes visible on the boxes in the hall to the left. See more »

Connections

Follows The Chance of a Lifetime (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

New Murder
(uncredited)
Music by George Duning
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the last Boston Blackie
4 June 2012 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

"Boston Blackie's Chinese Venture" is the last in the Boston Blackie series, filmed in 1949. Thanks to Blackie, Chester Morris had to return to the theater, as he was quoted as saying, "After ... these films, a producer wouldn't put me in an 'A' movie even if I paid for the privilege." Without the good-looking, amusing Morris as Blackie, the series would not have worked as well as it did. The stories were usually very formulaic, and you really had to love the Runt in order for him not to become annoying. (The Runt here is Sid Tomack and not George E. Stone.) This story is actually kind of interesting - Blackie gets involved with a diamond smuggling ring in Chinatown after the owner of a laundry is found dead right after Blackie dropped off his laundry! Of course, as usual, he has to clear his name or be arrested by Inspector Farraday.

The fun part about this film is the underground Chinese tours for tourists showing gambling, dancing slave girls, etc. - all fake, with the performers dropping their acts as soon as the tour guide moves on.

Sorry to see Blackie go, but it became a TV show in the '50s starring Kent Taylor, a very different type from the amiable Morris.


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