Boston Blackie's Rendezvous (1945)

64 or 71 mins | Drama | 5 July 1945

Director:

Arthur Dreifuss

Writer:

Edward Dein

Producer:

Alexis Thurn-Taxis

Cinematographer:

George Meehan

Editor:

Aaron Stell

Production Designer:

Perry Smith

Production Company:

Columbia Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Surprise in the Night. Although the character played by Steve Cochran is named "James Cook" in the Var review and CBCS, he is referred to as "Jimmy Casey" in the film. For additional information on the Boston Blackie series, please consult the Series Index and see the entry below for Meet Boston Blackie. ...

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The working title of this film was Surprise in the Night. Although the character played by Steve Cochran is named "James Cook" in the Var review and CBCS, he is referred to as "Jimmy Casey" in the film. For additional information on the Boston Blackie series, please consult the Series Index and see the entry below for Meet Boston Blackie.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
30 Jun 1945
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Daily Variety
11 Sep 1945
p. 3
Hollywood Reporter
23 Feb 1945
p. 12
Hollywood Reporter
11 Sep 1945
p. 3
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
26 May 1945
p. 2467
Variety
22 Aug 1945
p. 20
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Dial dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITERS
Taken from a story by
PHOTOGRAPHY
George B. Meehan Jr.
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
MUSIC
M. R. Bakaleinikoff
Mus dir
SOUND
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the character created by Jack Boyle.
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Series:
Alternate Title:
Surprise in the Night
Release Date:
5 July 1945
Production Date:
15 Feb--2 Mar 1945
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Columbia Pictures Corp.
23 June 1945
LP13405
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
64 or 71
Length(in feet):
5,729
Country:
United States
PCA No:
10857
SYNOPSIS

Reformed safe-cracker Boston Blackie is visited by his friend, millionaire Arthur Manleder, who frantically begs Blackie to help him locate his nephew, Jimmy Casey, a homicidal maniac who has just escaped from a sanitarium. As Manleder recalls the boy's case history, Jimmy listens from a fire escape outside Blackie's hotel room window. After Blackie goes to bed, Jimmy sneaks into his room and denies his uncle's charges, claiming that Manleder has concoted the tale to disinherit him. Blackie counsels Jimmy to go back to the sanitarium, and as he phones the hospital, Jimmy chokes him unconscious and then steals one Blackie's suits. As Jimmy changes his clothes, a diary drops out of his pocket. When Blackie's sidekick, The Runt, returns home, he finds Blackie lying on the floor, barely conscious. After finding a newspaper clipping about dance hall hostess Sally Brown tucked in the diary, accompanied by Jimmy's declaration of love, the pair hurry to the dance hall where Sally works. There they are informed by Martha, the ticket taker, that Sally has the night off and that Jimmy left with Patricia Powers, another hostess. After discovering that Jimmy hailed Steve Caveroni's cab, Blackie and Runt ask Caveroni to take them to Jimmy's destination. When Caveroni drives them to a deserted spot along a country road, Blackie steps out of the cab to investigate and is met by his nemesis, police inspector Farraday, who informs him that Patricia's dead body has been found in the underbrush with Blackie's hat at her side. Refusing to accept Blackie's explanation about Jimmy's visit, Farraday arrests the ex- convict and takes him to police headquarters. Meanwhile, ...

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Reformed safe-cracker Boston Blackie is visited by his friend, millionaire Arthur Manleder, who frantically begs Blackie to help him locate his nephew, Jimmy Casey, a homicidal maniac who has just escaped from a sanitarium. As Manleder recalls the boy's case history, Jimmy listens from a fire escape outside Blackie's hotel room window. After Blackie goes to bed, Jimmy sneaks into his room and denies his uncle's charges, claiming that Manleder has concoted the tale to disinherit him. Blackie counsels Jimmy to go back to the sanitarium, and as he phones the hospital, Jimmy chokes him unconscious and then steals one Blackie's suits. As Jimmy changes his clothes, a diary drops out of his pocket. When Blackie's sidekick, The Runt, returns home, he finds Blackie lying on the floor, barely conscious. After finding a newspaper clipping about dance hall hostess Sally Brown tucked in the diary, accompanied by Jimmy's declaration of love, the pair hurry to the dance hall where Sally works. There they are informed by Martha, the ticket taker, that Sally has the night off and that Jimmy left with Patricia Powers, another hostess. After discovering that Jimmy hailed Steve Caveroni's cab, Blackie and Runt ask Caveroni to take them to Jimmy's destination. When Caveroni drives them to a deserted spot along a country road, Blackie steps out of the cab to investigate and is met by his nemesis, police inspector Farraday, who informs him that Patricia's dead body has been found in the underbrush with Blackie's hat at her side. Refusing to accept Blackie's explanation about Jimmy's visit, Farraday arrests the ex- convict and takes him to police headquarters. Meanwhile, Jimmy has returned to Blackie's hotel room and is in the process of writing a note to Sally, arranging a rendezvous at her apartment that night, when the maid enters the room. Jimmy strangles her just as Blackie and Runt, who have been released for lack of evidence, return to the hotel. Realizing that Sally is in great danger, Blackie poses as her grandmother and phones the dance hall to obtain her address. Blackie proceeds to Sally's apartment, and when Jimmy sees him enter the building, he hides in the hallway. Sally opens her door, and mistaking Blackie for her secret admirer, invites him in. Meanwhile, at the dance hall, Farraday questions Martha, and when he learns that Sally is her roommate, he warns her that Sally is in jeopardy. Martha then calls Sally, who thinks that Blackie is the strangler and screams. At that moment, Farraday and his men arrive at Sally's apartment, and as Farraday breaks down the door, Blackie climbs out an open window and escapes. After reassuring Sally that she is safe, Farraday and his men depart. Jimmy, still lurking in the hallway, approaches Sally and, posing as Blackie, suggests that she would feel more secure at his apartment. When Martha appears, Jimmy instructs her to tell Farraday that they are at Blackie's hotel suite. Soon after, Farraday returns to Sally's apartment, and Martha gives him the message. At Blackie's suite, meanwhile, Blackie and Runt are packing their suitcases to hide out at Manleder's house when they find the maid's body in the closet. When Farraday arrives, he refuses to believe Blackie's story that the strangler has been impersonating him. Martha, the one person who can substantiate Blackie's claim, has fled town in fear. After Farraday arrests Blackie for the maid's murder, Blackie and Runt again escape the inspector's clutches, and Blackie, realizing that the killer must be registered at the hotel, steals the registry cards and compares the signatures to Jimmy's handwriting. When Blackie discovers that Jimmy is registered on his floor, he and Runt proceed to the room and begin to break down the door. After alerting the desk clerk of an intruder, Jimmy escorts Sally out a side door and takes refuge in Blackie's suite. Farraday rushes from the lobby to Jimmy's room, where he finds Blackie and Runt and arrests them. Soon after, Martha returns to town and verifies that someone has been impersonating Blackie. Meanwhile, at Blackie's suite, Sally sees a photograph of the real Blackie and becomes suspicious. When Jimmy admits that he is not Blackie but her secret admirer, Sally grabs for the phone, and the desk clerk notifies Farraday that someone is in Blackie's suite. Blackie and Farraday then rush to the suite, where they are confronted by Jimmy, holding a gun on Sally. In tandem, the two men yank the rug out from underneath Jimmy's feet, knocking the killer helplessly to the floor, and Farraday then arrests him.

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