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A Close Call for Boston Blackie

1946

A Close Call for Boston Blackie (1946) is the tenth of fourteen Columbia Pictures crime films starring Chester Morris as Boston Blackie. Cast Chester Morris as Boston Blackie Lynn Merrick as Geraldine "Gerry" Peyton Richard Lane as Inspector Farraday Frank Sully as Sergeant Matthews George E. Stone as "The Runt" from imdb Enjoyable Blackie entry with ample laughs, no big surprises 24 September 2011 | by csteidler (Minnesota) Blackie and the Runt rescue a woman (Lynn Merrick) who's been attacked in the street right in front of their building. They carry in the unconscious woman, who is quickly identified as Gerry Peyton, one of Blackie's old flames. Nothing much new so far, but when they open the bedroom door we see the main twist that this series entry has to offer: a baby!


A Close Call for Boston Blackie (1946) is the tenth of fourteen Columbia Pictures crime films starring Chester Morris as Boston Blackie.

Plot

Ignoring Inspector Farraday's (Richard Lane (actor)) friendly advice to stop helping women, Boston Blackie goes to the rescue of a female being attacked by two men. She turns out to be Geraldine "Gerry" Peyton (Lynn Merrick), an old flame of his. She begs him to help protect her baby from her husband John (an uncredited Mark Roberts (actor)), who has just been paroled.
When John finds them together, he assumes the child is Blackie's and pulls out a gun. A fight breaks out, during which an unseen third party shoots John. Acting on an anonymous tip, Farraday arrives soon after and assumes Blackie is responsible for the dead body. Blackie has his sidekick, "the Runt" (George E. Stone), hide the baby at the apartment of the latter's girlfriend, Mamie Carleton (an unbilled Claire Carleton).
Blackie escapes from dimwitted Sergeant Matthews. An investigation soon arouses his suspicions. It turns out that Gerry and Smiley Slade are trying to swindle her wealthy father-in-law, Cyrus Peyton. The child is actually her brother Hack Hagen's (an unbilled Charles Lane (actor)). They framed Blackie in order to get rid of John. When Hagen tries to back out, worried that he will not get his son back, Smiley guns him down.
Disguised as Cyrus, Blackie goes to see the pair. He manages to overcome Smiley, only to have Farraday break in, arrest him, and let Gerry and Smiley go free. However, it is all a joke on Blackie. For once, Farraday has figured out who the real crooks are; when Blackie goes downstairs, he sees the pair in handcuffs.

Cast

  • Chester Morris as Boston Blackie
  • Lynn Merrick as Geraldine "Gerry" Peyton
  • Richard Lane (actor) as Inspector Farraday
  • Frank Sully as Sergeant Matthews
  • George E. Stone as "The Runt"

Category:American films
Category:American crime films
Category:Black-and-white films
Category:Films directed by Lew Landers
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