On Screen
Blackie's Redemption Movie Poster

 

 

Boston Blackie started out in silent films in 1918 and continued until 1927. During that time there were nine movies made by various studios. The list of movies includes:

  1. Boston Blackie’s Little Pal - 1918
  2. The Silk-Lined Burglar - 1919
  3. Blackie’s Redemption - 1919
  4. Missing Millions - 1922
  5. The Face in the Fog - 1922
  6. Boston Blackie - 1923
  7. Crooked Alley - 1923
  8. Through the Dark - 1924
  9. The Return of Boston Blackie - 1927

In 1941, Columbia Pictures brought Boston Blackie out of retirement and gave him a voice. The Blackie movies were considered “B” movies which are low budget films and often appeared as the second movie on a double bill. Six movies were made from 1941 to 1944 before the 13 week radio show started. Two more movies were made in quick succession before the Boston Blackie radio show was added to the Mutual line up to stir up interest for the radio show. The list of movies includes:

  1. Meet Boston Blackie - 1941
  2. Confessions of Boston Blackie - 1941
  3. Alias Boston Blackie - 1942
  4. Boston Blackie Goes Hollywood - 1942
  5. After Midnight with Boston Blackie - 1943
  6. The Chance of a Lifetime - 1943
  7. One Mysterious Night - 1944
  8. Boston Blackie Booked on Suspicion - 1945
  9. Boston Blackie’s Rendezvous - 1945
  10. A Close Call for Boston Blackie - 1946
  11. The Phantom Thief - 1946
  12. Boston Blackie and the Law - 1946
  13. Trapped by Boston Blackie - 1948
  14. Boston Blackie’s Chinese Venture - 1949

After the radio show ended and there were no more movies, Boston Blackie was still popular. In 1951, Boston Blackie was brought to television in The Adventures of Boston Blackie starring Kent Taylor as Blackie, Lois Collier as the love interest, and Frank Orth as Inspector Farraday. There were 58 episodes for television, continuing on in reruns for most of the 1950s.