Boston Blackie Goes Hollywood (1942)

67-68 mins | Drama | 5 November 1942

Director:

Michael Gordon

Writer:

Paul Yawitz

Producer:

Wallace MacDonald

Cinematographer:

Henry Freulich

Editor:

Arthur Seid

Production Designer:

Lionel Banks

Production Company:

Columbia Pictures Corp.
Full page view
HISTORY

For additional information on the "Boston Blackie" series, please consult the Series Index and see the entry below for Meet Boston Blackie ... More Less

For additional information on the "Boston Blackie" series, please consult the Series Index and see the entry below for Meet Boston Blackie . More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
10 Dec 42
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Dec 42
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
27 Feb 1943.
---
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITER
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
Sd eng
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the character created by Jack Boyle.
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Series:
Release Date:
5 November 1942
Production Date:
18 June--3 July 1942
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
5 November 1942
Copyright Number:
LP11690
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
67-68
Length(in feet):
6,083
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

As reformed safecracker Boston Blackie and his sidekick The Runt pack their suitcases for a vacation in Florida, a stealthy figure slinks up the fire escape and enters Blackie's apartment. Upon hearing footsteps in his living room, Blackie locks the intruder in a windowless room and then calls the police. When Sgt. Mathews arrives, however, the room is empty. Noticing a foot dangling from the bottom of his chimney, Blackie sets the shoe on fire, sending the intruder, police inspector Farraday, who is Mathews' boss and Blackie's nemesis, screaming into the fireplace. When Farraday questions Blackie about the theft of the Monterey diamond, which disappeared in California one week earlier, Blackie allays the inspector's suspicions and proceeds to the train station with Runt. At the station, Blackie receives a telegram from his friend, millionaire Arthur Manleder, asking for his help and directing him Manleder's house that night. Mathews, whom Farraday has dispatched to watch Blackie, follows him to Manleder's house and watches as he climbs in a window of the deserted house. Soon after, Manleder phones from California and instructs Blackie to remove $60,000 from his wall safe and deliver it to California so that Manleder can reclaim the Monterey diamond. As Blackie opens the safe, Farraday, alerted by Mathews, arrives and arrests him for burglary. On the way to police headquarters, Blackie and Runt escape and take refuge in a costume shop owned by their old friend, Jumbo Madigan. After Blackie disguises himself as elderly professor Stratton and dresses Runt as the professor's young nephew, Junior, Jumbo tells him that ex-convict Slick Barton is now operating ... +


As reformed safecracker Boston Blackie and his sidekick The Runt pack their suitcases for a vacation in Florida, a stealthy figure slinks up the fire escape and enters Blackie's apartment. Upon hearing footsteps in his living room, Blackie locks the intruder in a windowless room and then calls the police. When Sgt. Mathews arrives, however, the room is empty. Noticing a foot dangling from the bottom of his chimney, Blackie sets the shoe on fire, sending the intruder, police inspector Farraday, who is Mathews' boss and Blackie's nemesis, screaming into the fireplace. When Farraday questions Blackie about the theft of the Monterey diamond, which disappeared in California one week earlier, Blackie allays the inspector's suspicions and proceeds to the train station with Runt. At the station, Blackie receives a telegram from his friend, millionaire Arthur Manleder, asking for his help and directing him Manleder's house that night. Mathews, whom Farraday has dispatched to watch Blackie, follows him to Manleder's house and watches as he climbs in a window of the deserted house. Soon after, Manleder phones from California and instructs Blackie to remove $60,000 from his wall safe and deliver it to California so that Manleder can reclaim the Monterey diamond. As Blackie opens the safe, Farraday, alerted by Mathews, arrives and arrests him for burglary. On the way to police headquarters, Blackie and Runt escape and take refuge in a costume shop owned by their old friend, Jumbo Madigan. After Blackie disguises himself as elderly professor Stratton and dresses Runt as the professor's young nephew, Junior, Jumbo tells him that ex-convict Slick Barton is now operating from California. Suspecting that Slick is involved in the diamond theft, Blackie and Runt board the next plane to California and are followed by Farraday and Mathews, who hide in the baggage compartment. Sensing that he is being followed, Blackie dumps some ants from "Junior's" toy ant farm into the baggage compartment. After the plane lands, Blackie and Runt, still in disguise, proceed to Manleder's hotel. Suspicious, Blackie doesn't alert Manleder of his arrival but instead checks into an adjoining room from which he eavesdrops on Manleder's conversation with his companions, Whipper, Steve and Gloria Lane. When Blackie overhears Manleder's friends offering to return the diamond for $60,000, he deduces that they plan to use Manleder's money to break up the gem for sale. Still dressed as the professor, Blackie knocks on Manleder's door, and when Manleder explains that after picking up the diamond for its owner, his friend Mrs. Moore, the gem mysteriously disappeared and that Whipper and Steve have generously offered to help retrieve it for $60,000. Blackie refuses to turn over the money and warns Manleder that his helpful companions are involved in the robbery with Slick. Seeing through Blackie's disguise, Steve alerts Slick, who orders him to find Runt. After locating Runt in the hotel lobby, Steve and Whipper force him to turn over the $60,000. Soon after, Farraday arrives at Manleder's suite and summons the Los Angeles police to arrest Blackie, but Blackie pickpockets the inspector's badge and when the police appear, produces the badge and identifies Farraday as the criminal. After the police take Farraday and Mathews into custody, Blackie instructs Runt to impersonate Steve and call Gloria and instruct her to lure Blackie and Manleder to her apartment. When Gloria sees Runt removing his handkerchief from the receiver of the phone in the hotel lobby, however, she senses a ruse and sends a message to the police, informing them that Blackie can be found at her apartment. At Gloria's apartment Blackie and Runt are greeted by Whipper and Steve, who are in possession of the $60,000. Soon after, the doorbell rings and Slick enters and pulls a gun. After securing the money, he locks Gloria in the closet, ties up the others and escapes out the fire escape. Summoned by Gloria's message, Farraday then arrives at the apartment and frees them, but Blackie tricks him again and locks him and Gloria and her friends in the closet. Climbing onto the fire-escape, Blackie chases Slick onto the roof. Slick then climbs down the elevator shaft and enters the car in which Mathews is a passenger. Meanwhile, Farraday and the others escape from the closet. As Slick emerges from the elevator, Blackie chases him down the stairway. After knocking Slick unconscious, Blackie turns over the both the money and the thief to Mathews. Suddenly regaining consciousness, Slick pulls a gun just as the elevator door opens, revealing Manleder, who disarms him. Blackie then jumps into the elevator, and by the time it reaches the lobby, Slick is once again unconscious. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

TOP SEARCHES

CASABLANCA

During World War II, Casablanca, Morocco is a waiting point for throngs of desperate refugees fleeing Nazi-occupied Europe. Exit visas, which are necessary to leave the country, are at ... >>

CITIZEN KANE

Seventy-year-old newspaper tycoon Charles Foster Kane dies in his palatial Florida home, Xanadu, after uttering the single word “Rosebud.” While watching a newsreel summarizing the years during which Kane ... >>

REAR WINDOW

Laid up with a broken leg during the height of summer, renowned New York magazine photographer L. B. “Jeff” Jeffries enters his last week of home confinement, bored and ... >>

RAGING BULL

In 1941, at a boxing match in Cleveland, Ohio, pandemonium breaks out when Jake La Motta, an up-and-coming young boxer, loses a decision to Jimmy Reeves, suffering his first ... >>

CITY LIGHTS

At an outdoor dedication ceremony, a tramp is discovered sleeping in the arms of a statue as it is being unveiled before a crowd. He is chased into ... >>

The American Film Institute is grateful to Sir Paul Getty KBE and the Sir Paul Getty KBE Estate for their dedication to the art of the moving image and their support for the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and without whose support AFI would not have been able to achieve this historical landmark in this epic scholarly endeavor.