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Meet Boston Blackie (1941)

When a murder occurs on an ocean liner docked in New York, the trail leads to Coney Island and a spy ring.

Director:

Robert Florey

Writers:

Jay Dratler (story), Jay Dratler (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Blackie is enlisted by the police to help recover the Blue Star of the Nile diamond, stolen from a war relief exhibit.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Chester Morris ... Boston Blackie
Rochelle Hudson ... Cecelia Bradley
Richard Lane ... Inspector Faraday
Charles Wagenheim Charles Wagenheim ... The Runt
Constance Worth ... Marilyn Howard
Jack O'Malley Jack O'Malley ... Monk
George Magrill ... Georgie
James Seay ... Mechanical Man (as Michael Rand)
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Storyline

When a murder occurs on an ocean liner docked in New York, the trail leads to Coney Island and a spy ring.

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Taglines:

1941'S HEADLINE MENACE! (original print media ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rastro en las tinieblas See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(copyright length) (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When Ceceila orders a hot dog then guy gives her 2 on a hamburger bun! See more »

Goofs

Story takes place in Coney Island, New York BUT shots of moving cars show mountains in the background. Even in 1941, Brooklyn New York had no mountains. See more »

Quotes

Horatio 'Boston Blackie' Black: Your freaks are running amok. You oughta feed 'em more often.
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Connections

Follows The Silk-Lined Burglar (1919) See more »

Soundtracks

Wiener Blut (Viennese Blood), Op.354
(1873) (uncredited)
Written by Johann Strauss
Played as backround music at the amusement park
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"Enemy to those who make him an enemy, friend to those who have no friend."
29 March 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Returning to America from Europe via ocean liner, notorious jewel thief Boston Blackie (Chester Morris) gets mixed up with a murder, a spy ring, and someone called The Mechanical Man. The first of Columbia's Boston Blackie series of B detective movies. I say detective because, despite Blackie being a jewel thief, he spends every movie solving crimes and helping people out. Usually he's the one accused of the crime and in order to prove his innocence, he must figure out the real culprits. Richard Lane plays Inspector Faraday, the cop forever on Blackie's trail who likes him despite their being on opposite sides of the law. Charles Wagenheim plays Blackie's sidekick Runt. George E. Stone would play the role later and was much better-suited for the part than Wagenheim. Rochelle Hudson and Constance Worth provide the pretty in this first film. The Blackie series always had lovely actresses. Fun start to a great series.


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