Category: OTR Detective

Movie Review: A Close Call for Boston Blackie

A Close Call for Boston Blackie is one of just three Boston Blackie movies starring Chester Morris that are official releases.

In this film, a man is murdered in Blackie’s apartment and his widow escapes, leaving the baby in the care of Blackie and his sidekick Runt. Blackie has to stay one step ahead of Inspector Farraday and his minions.

Chester Morris is charming and funny as Blackie and has a very convincing turn in his disguise. Some of the early scenes reminded me of the radio show but this played things for comedy more than the radio show did and not all of the humor worked. The baby is cute, however most of the humor centering around the child falls flat. Frank Sully (who plays Sergeant Matthews) seems to be trying to be a poor man’s Red Skelton but ultimately doesn’t work. The pace of the first half of this hour-long film drags as it takes forever to get out of Blackie’s apartment. However, the film does become more engaging in the second half.

Overall, the film isn’t bad, but it’s essentially an average detective B movie from the 1940s. It is entertaining due to a strong performance by Morris more than anything else.

Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0

EP1826: Dragnet: The Big Couple

Jack Webb
Friday and Romero search for a husband and wife con artist team.

Original Air Date: February 22, 1951

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EP1825: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Baldero Matter

Bob Bailey
Johnny investigates a case of modern-day pirates boarding a yacht at sea.

Original Air Date: March 15, 1959

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EP1824: ABC Mystery Theater: The Case of the Cancelled Bride

A socialite is murdered after announcing her engagement. Inspector Mark Saber of the Homicide Squad investigates.

Original Air Date: October 10, 1951

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EP1823: Philip Marlowe: Life Can Be Murder

Gerald Mohr
Marlowe meets a beautiful woman at an English pub, drops her off at a ritzy house, and is called when a dead body is found at the house.

Original Air Date: July 21, 1951

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