Category: OTR Detective

EP1832: Dragnet: The Big Partner

Jack Webb
A jewel robber loses his bundle, escapes, and begins an ingenuous system of holding up convenience stores.

Original Air Date: March 1, 1951

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EP1831: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Lake Mead Matter

Bob Bailey
Johnny investigates a mysterious death at Lake Mead.

Original Air Date: March 22, 1959

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EP1830: ABC Mystery Theater: Portrait in Red

Inspector Saber investigates the murder of a successful commercial painter.

Original Air Date: February 13, 1952

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EP1829: Philip Marlowe: The Good Neighbor Policy

Gerald Mohr

A mix up with his phone lines leads Marlowe to a snippy neighbor and a gun in his back.

Original Air Date: July 28, 1951

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EP1828: The Avenger: Fiery Death

Jim looks into a series of mysterious  deaths in the streets.

Original Air Date: December 20, 1945

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EP1827: Michael Shayne: John Crowder’s Body

Wally Maher
Mike, Phyllis, and Farraday investigate a murdered man who’d been trying to call Mike.

Original Air Date: September 10, 1945

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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