BOSTON BLACKIE GOES HOLLYWOOD is a strong entry in the long-running series of films starring Chester Morris. The movie has some very funny dialogue and well-staged action sequences.
Blackie (Morris) is called upon to help out his friend wealthy Arthur (series regular Lloyd Corrigan) who is being swindled by jewel thieves for $60,000. As usual, Police Inspector Farraday (Richard Lane) thinks reformed safecracker Blackie is up to no good, going so far as to follow Blackie cross-country to Hollywood, where Blackie plans to meet Arthur.
By now those who are familiar with the series can really appreciate some of the jokes, such as Farraday not even bothering to put handcuffs on Blackie, as he can get out of any pair ever invented! Morris as Blackie has a great way with comedy, and he also has some very smooth moves in the nicely done climactic action sequences. It's easy to see why this series continued for so long, as Morris is terrific in the title role.
One of my favorite bits has Blackie and other characters involved in a chase entering a befuddled older couple's apartment as they are listening to a radio show. It's a cute moment which is a good example of the movie's sense of humor.
This was the first movie directed by Michael Gordon, who would later direct films such as THE SECRET OF CONVICT LAKE (1951), PILLOW TALK (1959), and BOYS' NIGHT OUT (1962).
This 68-minute film also features Constance Worth, William Wright, and Shirley Patterson, with George E. Stone returning as the Runt and Walter Sande again playing Detective Sgt. Mathews. Lloyd Bridges has a bit role.
BOSTON BLACKIE GOES HOLLYWOOD has not had a release on DVD or video. It can be seen on Turner Classic Movies.
Previous BOSTON BLACKIE reviews: MEET BOSTON BLACKIE (1941), CONFESSIONS OF BOSTON BLACKIE (1941), and ALIAS BOSTON BLACKIE (1942).