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A Close Call for Boston Blackie (1946)

Sleuth Blackie is framed for murder but manages to catch the culprit.

Director:

Lew Landers

Writers:

Ben Markson (screenplay), Paul Yawitz (story) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Chester Morris ... Horatio 'Boston Blackie' Black / Cyrus Peyton
Lynn Merrick ... Geraldine 'Gerry' Peyton
Richard Lane ... Inspector Farraday
Frank Sully ... Sergeant Matthews
George E. Stone ... The Runt
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Sleuth Blackie is framed for murder but manages to catch the culprit.

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Blackie's Playing Cops And Robbers...For Keeps! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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The 10th of 14 "Boston Blackie" films starring Chester Morris released by Columbia Pictures from 1941 to 1949. See more »

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

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Accent is on humor in this Blackie entry...
15 September 2007 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

The plot involves a kidnapped baby, a ransom, extortion, murder and all the usual ingredients that are mishandled by the police on the trail of a crooked lady (LYNN MERRICK) and her criminal pals responsible for all the trouble.

All the trouble, of course, is pinned on Boston Blackie, CHESTER MORRIS in his usual "old man" disguise, who wouldn't fool anybody--but, hey, this is a movie. He poses as the man willing to pay ransom money to get the baby back and it works, in time for a snappy ending.

The baby is a cute little boy, well-behaved on camera most of the time and given numerous close-ups as he peers back and forth at the grown-ups handling him. Inspector Farraday and his dumb sergeant are more bumbling than ever while the accent is on comedy relief more than mystery.

Summing up: Entertaining, but fluffy entry in the Blackie series, strictly routine.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Chantagista See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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