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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

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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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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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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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

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Horatio 'Boston Blackie' Black: As soon as I get done fixing your ethical code I need to work on your grammar.
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Follows Boston Blackie Booked on Suspicion (1945) See more »

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Blackie attends a séance
26 May 2012 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

In "The Phantom Thief," Boston Blackie (Chester Morris) is as usual blamed for anything that goes wrong on Inspector Farraday's (Richard Lane) watch. This time, as he attempts to help a friend of the Runt's (George E. Stone) return some jewels he didn't mean to steal, Blackie finds himself involved with a phony medium (Marvin Miller), blackmail, and murder, all the while trying to hide from Farraday, sometimes in plain sight.

Not a bad entry into the series, with Jeff Donnell, who was actually a character actress, playing a duped, wealthy woman with rotten taste in men. She handles her part well, considering she usually played a bubbly, wisecracking friend. Marvin Miller, with dark makeup and that sonorous voice, is effective as the medium. Boomers may remember him as John Beresford Tipton's go-to Mr. Anthony on "The Millionaire." Unfortunately he never made it to my house.

Chester Morris is charming and funny as Blackie, but this time he's not particularly ably assisted by The Runt, who is terrified of all those disembodied hands and skeletons at the séance.

Fast-moving and entertaining.


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