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The Chance of a Lifetime (1943)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, Crime | 26 October 1943 (USA)
Sleuth Boston Blackie (Chester Morris) helps a wartime convict (Erik Rolf) who was framed for a murder while out on parole.

Director:

William Castle

Writers:

Paul Yawitz (original screenplay), Jack Boyle (based on characters created by)
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Cast overview:
Chester Morris ... Horatio 'Boston Blackie' Black
Erik Rolf Erik Rolf ... Dooley Watson
Jeanne Bates ... Mary Watson
Richard Lane ... Insp. John Farraday
George E. Stone ... The Runt
Lloyd Corrigan ... Arthur Manleder
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Storyline

Boston Blackie (Chester Morris) sponsors the parole of a group of hardened convicts so they can take up wartime-employment in a tool manufacturing plant owned by his millionaire friend Arthur Menleder. Complications arise when a gangster, "Nails" Blanton (Douglas Fowley), frames one of the paroled convicts, Dooley Watson (Erik Rolf), for a murder. Blackie, a reformed jewel thief, has to employ some of his amateur magician tricks and he and his very small sidekick, The Runt (George E. Stone), also do a cross-dressing bit , which is not a pretty sight, in order to prove the innocence of Wilson. . Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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BOSTON BLACKIE BEATS A MURDER RAP! (original lobby card-all caps) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sendas Tortuosas See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofs

When Blackie led the surprise in his apartment on Nails he grab the gun from Nails. Blackie, pointing the gun, held the gun with his finger on the trigger. Anyone familiar with guns knows that you would not do that. The trigger finger would be on the side of the gun, not on the trigger...safety. See more »

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Follows Blackie's Redemption (1919) See more »

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News Headlines: " Boston Blackie Loots Police Safe!"
11 June 2005 | by SpondonmanSee all my reviews

This Blackie entry is more of a flag waver than the previous five, but it's ingenious for all that. Blackie gets the conditional parole and release of chosen prisoners for them to help the War effort by labouring in one of Arthur's factories. They have to be good, but as usual there is one black sheep - who gets immediately mixed up in a shooting over a stolen USD 60,000 stash. Blackie himself takes the blame for to divert Farraday away from spoiling his pet project. And so begins another chase: Inspector Farraday and Sergeant Matthews after Boston Blackie and the Runt after Nails Blanton (the real baddie, not Blackie's man).

Jumbo Madigan plays a pivotal role in this outing so pay attention! The scenes with the two elderly and gentle female Municipal Cleaning Technicians was a farcical intrusion worthy of Monogram, but they had to get in to the police station to get back the stolen money as bait for Nails. The bit where Blackie and the Runt escape from a locked and door-less apartment leaving his 11 men and Arthur behind is delicious. The print quality is pretty awful in places, someone at the TV station in the 50's was scissor-happy.

But overall, slightly different and worthwhile.


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