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Boston Blackie and the Law (1946)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 12 December 1946 (USA)
Blackie performs in a magic show at a women's prison, which gives an inmate an opportunity to escape.

Director:

D. Ross Lederman

Writers:

Harry Essex (original screen play by) (as Harry J. Essex), Malcolm Stuart Boylan (additional dialogue by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Chester Morris ... Horatio 'Boston Blackie' Black
Trudy Marshall ... Irene
Constance Dowling ... Dinah Moran
Richard Lane ... Insp. John Farraday
George E. Stone ... The Runt
Frank Sully ... Sergeant Matthews
Warren Ashe ... John Lampau, alias John Jani
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Storyline

Boston Blackie, ex-convict and amateur magician, is doing his act at a prison-for-women, and an inmate takes the opportunity to do her own disappearing act while Blackie is doing his. Held as an accomplice, Blackie gets away and starts the search to find the escapee, and her ex-husband who was involved in the crime for which she was sentenced to prison. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

BLACKIE TRIES NEW TRICKS WITH WOMEN...MAGIC...AND MURDER! (original ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Quicker Than the Eye See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to a contemporary publicity story from Columbia, Chester Morris, being an amateur magician, obtained permission from the Magician's Association to reveal how the sawing a woman in half trick is done. However, the trick is not in the final print. See more »

Goofs

After Boston Blackie and his magic box are taken to Inspector Farraday's office, Blackie insults the inspector by describing his hat as cheap. The inspector throws his white hat towards a coat tree that has several coats and a black hat already hanging on it. Blackie then hides from Sergeant Matthews in the box, and slips away from police headquarters. While Matthews dismantles the box with a fire ax, Farraday re-enters the room but the coat tree now has no hats and only one coat hanging on it. See more »

Quotes

Insp. John Farraday: What have you got in that quonset hut?
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Connections

Follows The Face in the Fog (1922) See more »

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blackie unwittingly helps a convict escape prison
15 September 2007 | by jpickerelSee all my reviews

This film (and all the other Boston Blackie films) is significant to those of us in the plus 65 age group for more than one reason. It hearkens us back to Saturday afternoons during the '40's, when a dime or 15 cents gained us an afternoon's entertainment at the Strand. Here was Chester Morris on the big screen, and, as we munched popcorn and stared bug-eyed at our tough, clever hero, we knew that he was more likely to escape any predicament using his wits rather than his fists. We knew that the runt, bumbler though he may be, loyal to the core, would come through when needed. And we knew that Inspector Farraday would never seem to come to fully trust Blackie as we knew he should, and that he would have an assistant who was an even worse bumbler than the Runt. This was an hour and a half of pure escapism, even for an eight or nine year old. And today, for an almost seventy year old. Tacked to a cartoon, newsreel, a Three Stooges (I am one of the few die hard Shemp fans, but that's another story)and maybe an Abbott and Costello....just the place to make your troubles vanish, real or imagined. In short, this film is fun. It is not great drama, comedy, acting, writing, or plotting. Just fun.


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