A Close Call for Boston Blackie (January 24, 1946)

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A Close Call for Boston Blackie
 

Released on January 24, 1946: Boston Blackie is framed for murder by an old girlfriend with a new baby.

Produced by John Stone

Directed by Lew Landers

The Actors: Chester Morris (Horatio 'Boston Blackie' Black, and Cyrus Peyton), Lynn Merrick (Geraldine 'Gerry' Peyton), Richard Lane (Police Inspector Farraday), Frank Sully (Sergeant Matthews), George E. Stone (The Runt), Kathryn Card (landlady), Claire Carleton (Mamie Kirwin), Jack Gordon (cab driver), Russell Hicks (Harcourt), Doris Houck (Josie), Charles Lane (Hack Hagen), George Lloyd (janitor), Brian O'Hara (dubious cab driver), Wanda Perry (tennant in hallway), Mark Roberts (John Peyton), Erik Rolf (Smiley Slade), Victor Travers (tenant in hallway), John Tyrrell (policeman), Emmett Vogan (coroner), Ruth Warren (milkwoman)

 

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Today every motion picture and video that is created is automatically copyrighted and protected for 95 years . . . No copyright notice is required at the beginning or end of the movie, and no registration with the copyright office is required . . . It is all automatic and begins the day the motion picture has been created. Before the 1976 U.S. copyright law changes, it was overly complicated to register and renew a motion picture properly, and several movies entered public domain because of improper notices or registration. Before 1964 the date printed on the screen at the beginning of every motion picture was the ‘official’ date that copyright protection began . . . Even if the movie never hit theaters until a year or more later. This movie was dated on the screen with a 1945 copyright date, but it did not hit theaters until 1946 . . . Before 1964 every motion picture had a 28 year copyright period, but if it was re-registered with the copyright office between the 27th and 28th anniversary of the calendar day of the year in the on-screen notice it would enjoy what has become a 95 year period of copyright . . . But the bright guys in charge of re-registering this movie in the 28th year did it 28 years after the premier in theaters, not 28 years after the year of the notice on screen. Other examples of famous movies that somehow or other missed the 28th year renewal window were Royal Wedding, Father’s Little Dividend, and the John Wayne movie McLintock. The first movie featuring the jewel thief turned lovable detective Boston Blackie was made in 1918, but most old movie fans remember the 14 movies produced in the 1940’s with Chester Morris playing the part of Boston Blackie. This story is the tenth movie of fourteen produced between 1941 and 1949, and one of the things that make the Chester Morris series unique is the comedy . . . . Most murder detective stories provide a bit of comic relief during the story, but I call these stories screwball comedies with a bit of murder and detective work. In this episode Boston Blackie is framed for murder by one of his old girlfriends, and even Inspector Farraday isn’t buying his story this time. It will be up to Blackie and his side-kick Runt to uncover the real killer, but never fear, because no one can outwit the wise-cracking Boston Blackie. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Brian O'Hara
Brian O'Hara
Charles E. Stone and Chester Morris
Charles E. Stone and Chester Morris
Charles E. Stone with the baby
Charles E. Stone with the baby
Charles E. Stone
Charles E. Stone
Charles Lane
Charles Lane
Chester Morris and Claire Carleton
Chester Morris and Claire Carleton
Chester Morris and Frank Sully
Chester Morris and Frank Sully
Chester Morris, George E. Stone and Lynn Merrick
Chester Morris, George E. Stone and Lynn Merrick
Chester Morris and George E. Stone
Chester Morris and George E. Stone
Chester Morris and Kathryn Card
Chester Morris and Kathryn Card
Chester Morris and Richard Lane
Chester Morris and Richard Lane
Chester Morris
Chester Morris
Claire Carleton
Claire Carleton
Claire Carleton and George E. Stone
Claire Carleton and George E. Stone
Claire Carleton and Richard Lane
Claire Carleton and Richard Lane
Claire Carleton and Richard Lane
Claire Carleton and Richard Lane
Claire Carleton
Claire Carleton
Claire Carleton
Claire Carleton
Doris Houck and Chester Morris
Doris Houck and Chester Morris
Erik Rolf
Erik Rolf
Erik Rolf and Lynn Merrick
Erik Rolf and Lynn Merrick
Erik Rolf
Erik Rolf
Frank Sully and George E. Stone
Frank Sully and George E. Stone
Frank Sully and Richard Lane
Frank Sully and Richard Lane
Frank Sully
Frank Sully
George E. Stone and Claire Carleton
George E. Stone and Claire Carleton
George E. Stone, Claire Carleton and Chester Morris
George E. Stone, Claire Carleton and Chester Morris
George E. Stone and Claire Carleton
George E. Stone and Claire Carleton
George E. Stone
George E. Stone
Kathryn Card
Kathryn Card
Lynn Merrick
Lynn Merrick
Lynn Merrick and Erik Rolf
Lynn Merrick and Erik Rolf
Lynn Merrick, Erik Rolf and Charles Lane
Lynn Merrick, Erik Rolf and Charles Lane
Lynn Merrick and Erik Rolf
Lynn Merrick and Erik Rolf
Lynn Merrick
Lynn Merrick
Mark Roberts
Mark Roberts
Richard Lane and Frank Sully
Richard Lane and Frank Sully
Richard Lane and Lynn Merrick
Richard Lane and Lynn Merrick
Richard Lane
Richard Lane
Russell Hicks, Richard Lane and Lynn Merrick
Russell Hicks, Richard Lane and Lynn Merrick
Russell Hicks and Richard Lane
Russell Hicks and Richard Lane
Ruth Warren
Ruth Warren
Victor Travers
Victor Travers