A Close Call for Boston Blackie (1946)

60 or 68 mins | Drama | 24 January 1946

Director:

Lew Landers

Producer:

John Stone

Cinematographer:

Burnett Guffey

Editor:

Jerome Thoms

Production Designers:

Carl Anderson, Jerome Pycha Jr.

Production Company:

Columbia Pictures Corp.
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
2 Feb 1946
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Daily Variety
11 Apr 1946
p. 3
Film Daily
19 Mar 1946
p. 11
Hollywood Reporter
11 Apr 1946
p. 3
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
10 Nov 1945
p. 2710
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
23 Feb 1946
pp. 2858-59
Variety
20 Feb 1946
p. 8
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Prod
WRITERS
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2d cam
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
MUSIC
SOUND
J. S. Westmoreland
Re-rec and eff mixer
Mus mixer
PRODUCTION MISC
Research dir
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the character created by Jack Boyle.
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Series:
Release Date:
24 January 1946
Production Date:
1 Oct--13 Oct 1945
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Columbia Pictures Corp.
21 January 1946
LP120
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
60 or 68
Country:
United States
PCA No:
11321
SYNOPSIS

Boston Blackie comes to the aid of his former sweetheart Gerry Peyton when Gerry begs him to protect her and her baby from her recently paroled husband John. Peyton, the son of millionaire Cyrus Peyton, had been jailed several years earlier for manslaughter, and Gerry confides that she never informed him or his family about the birth of their child. When Gerry mentions that Peyton has threatened her, Blackie phones Inspector Farraday of the police department, and at that moment, Peyton bursts into the room, gun in hand. After Blackie wrestles the weapon from Peyton, a man shoots from the doorway and kills Peyton. Soon after, Farraday arrives and Blackie orders his sidekick, The Runt, to spirit Gerry and her baby out the back door. When Farraday discovers Peyton's dead body stuffed in Blackie's closet, he arrests Blackie for murder. After leaving The Runt and the baby at the apartment of The Runt's girl friend Mamie, Gerry, who has been lying about her motherhood, visits her accomplices to discuss their a scheme to extort money from her wealthy father-in-law. Smiley, one of her confederates, is the man who killed Peyton, while the other one, Hagen, has allowed Gerry to present his baby as the elder Peyton's grandson and demand a handsome sum for his return. After escaping from Sgt. Matthews, Farraday's assistant, Blackie rejoins The Runt and the baby. From the switchboard operator in Gerry's building Blackie learns that Gerry directed Peyton to meet her at Blackie's apartment, and he becomes suspicious of Gerry's motives. When Farraday questions Gerry at police headquarters, she claims that jealousy drove Blackie to kill her husband. ...

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Boston Blackie comes to the aid of his former sweetheart Gerry Peyton when Gerry begs him to protect her and her baby from her recently paroled husband John. Peyton, the son of millionaire Cyrus Peyton, had been jailed several years earlier for manslaughter, and Gerry confides that she never informed him or his family about the birth of their child. When Gerry mentions that Peyton has threatened her, Blackie phones Inspector Farraday of the police department, and at that moment, Peyton bursts into the room, gun in hand. After Blackie wrestles the weapon from Peyton, a man shoots from the doorway and kills Peyton. Soon after, Farraday arrives and Blackie orders his sidekick, The Runt, to spirit Gerry and her baby out the back door. When Farraday discovers Peyton's dead body stuffed in Blackie's closet, he arrests Blackie for murder. After leaving The Runt and the baby at the apartment of The Runt's girl friend Mamie, Gerry, who has been lying about her motherhood, visits her accomplices to discuss their a scheme to extort money from her wealthy father-in-law. Smiley, one of her confederates, is the man who killed Peyton, while the other one, Hagen, has allowed Gerry to present his baby as the elder Peyton's grandson and demand a handsome sum for his return. After escaping from Sgt. Matthews, Farraday's assistant, Blackie rejoins The Runt and the baby. From the switchboard operator in Gerry's building Blackie learns that Gerry directed Peyton to meet her at Blackie's apartment, and he becomes suspicious of Gerry's motives. When Farraday questions Gerry at police headquarters, she claims that jealousy drove Blackie to kill her husband. Farraday then introduces Gerry to Cyrus' lawyer, Harcourt, who explains that his employer had received a note that very morning informing him that he has a grandson. Deciding to return the baby, Blackie takes him to Gerry's apartment just as Farraday arrives with Gerry and Harcourt. After stealing the note from Harcourt's pocket, Blackie escapes the inspector's clutches once again. Upon reading the note, Blackie realizes that Gerry is planning to extort money from her father-in-law and decides to pose as the elder Peyton, arranging to meet Gerry, who has never met Cyrus, at her apartment. While waiting for Cyrus, Hagen balks at going through with their scheme and Smiley shoots him. Soon after, Blackie arrives, posing as Peyton, and asks to see the baby's birth certificate. When Blackie challenges its validity and threatens to call the police, Smiley appears, gun in hand. In the ensuing fight, Blackie disarms Smiley just as Farraday appears and Gerry and Smiley claim that Blackie had been threatening Gerry. After releasing Gerry and Smiley, Farraday arrests Blackie and accompanies him to the lobby. There, Blackie is surprised to find Gerry and Smiley handcuffed and in police custody. Farraday then explains that although he knew the two were guilty, he wanted to teach Blackie a lesson about becoming involved with shady women.

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