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Director  Lew Landers
Production  Columbia Pictures
Country  United States
6/10 IMDb

Genre  Crime, Drama, Mystery
Cinematography  Burnett Guffey
Language  English
A Close Call for Boston Blackie movie poster
Writer  Ben Markson, Paul Yawitz, Malcolm Stuart Boylan
Release date  January 24, 1946 (1946-01-24)
Cast  Chester Morris (Horatio 'Boston Blackie' Black / Cyrus Peyton), Lynn Merrick (Geraldine 'Gerry' Peyton), Richard Lane (Inspector Farraday), Frank Sully (Sgt. Matthews), George E. Stone (The Runt), Claire Carleton (Mamie Kirwin (uncredited))
Similar movies  Boston Blackie's Chinese Venture, Alias Boston Blackie, Confessions of Boston Blackie, The Chance of a Lifetime, One Mysterious Night, Boston Blackie and the Law
Tagline  BLACKIE TRIPS A BLONDE .... To Trap a Killer!

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


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Ignoring Inspector Farraday's (Richard Lane) 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), 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 (Frank Sully). 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). 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.


  • 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"
  • References

    A Close Call for Boston Blackie Wikipedia
    A Close Call for Boston Blackie IMDb A Close Call for Boston Blackie

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