Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Thursday, June 30, 2016


Boston Blackie was originally a safecracker and jewel thief created by writer Jack Boyle in a story first published in 1914.  More stories and a book collection followed.  The stories were such a success that ten silent films about the character were made from 1918 to 1927.  The character lingered  for more than a decade when, in 1941, Columbia Picture began a series of B movies with Chester Morris in the title role.  In June of 1944, Boston Blackie  began a short run on NBC Radio as a summer replacement for Amos and Andy; Morris reprised the character for this series.  In April 1945 the series was revised for radio syndication.  Richard Kollmar took over the title role and starred for more than 200 episodes until the program closed in 1950.  Maurice Tarplin played the befuddled Inspector Farraday and Jan miner played Blackie's girlfriend Mary Wesley.  The following year, The Adventures of Boston Blackie appeared as a syndicated half-hour television show with Kent Taylor starring and featuring Frank Orth and Lois Collier.

Early on, Boston Blackie transformed from a thief to a detective, "an enemy to those who make him an enemy, as friend to those who have no friend."

Boston Blackie still lives on -- any any Parrothead if they wish they "had a pencil-tin mustache, the Boston Blackie kind."

The following episode aired on April 16, 1946.  Many have shouted "Kill the ump!", but killing a baseball player?  That's just not sporting.


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