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The Phantom Thief (1946)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 2 May 1946 (USA)
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 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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Eleventh of fourteen "Boston Blackie" films starring Chester Morris released by Columbia Pictures from 1941 to 1949. See more »

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Inspector John Farraday: Accidents like this don't happen twice in one night.
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"He's not dead. His mustache is twitching."
18 September 2017 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Tenth movie in Columbia's Boston Blackie series starring Chester Morris. This one has Blackie taking on a phony spiritualist (Marvin Miller) who's blackmailing a woman (Jeff Donnell). Inspector Farraday (Richard Lane) is on the wrong track as always. A fun entry in the series, thanks to a good cast and supernatural elements that provide more atmosphere than usual. Morris and George E. Stone as Blackie's sidekick The Runt are both great. Stone gets a lot of comedic bits here, afraid of spooks and the like. Richard Lane is amusingly cantankerous in this one. Jeff Donnell gives a sympathetic turn and Dusty Anderson provides some sex appeal as Miller's assistant. For his part, deep-voiced Marvin Miller is sufficiently sinister as the villain. Joseph Cretan has a nice scene as a tough pawnbroker that's somewhat of a change of pace from his usual authoritarian roles. I enjoy the Boston Blackie series a lot, even with its formulaic plots. This is one of the better Blackie pictures.


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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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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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