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Boston Blackie's Rendezvous (1945)

Blackie helps the police rescue hostage from an escaped maniac on a killing spree.


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Edward Dein (screenplay), Fred Schiller (from a story by) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview:
Chester Morris ... Boston Blackie
Nina Foch ... Sally Brown
Steve Cochran ... Jimmy Cook
Richard Lane ... Inspector John Farraday
George E. Stone ... The Runt
Frank Sully ... Detective Sgt. Matthews
Iris Adrian ... Martha


Blackie helps the police rescue hostage from an escaped maniac on a killing spree.

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Strangler on the Loose! Copper on the Trail! SHOCKER on the Screen!


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Release Date:

5 July 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The eleventh of 14 "Boston Blackie" films starring Chester Morris released by Columbia Pictures from 1941 to 1949. See more »


At one point, excited Inspector Farraday calls headquarters holding the telephone up side down. The cord is visibly seen above his ear. See more »


Boston Blackie: What time did they leave?
Martha: What do I look like, a sundial?
Boston Blackie: Not in this light.
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Follows The Silk-Lined Burglar (1919) See more »


Prize Song
from "Die Meistersinger"
Written by Richard Wagner
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Farraday's Obsession
1 June 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The one constant thread in the Boston Blackie series is Richard Lane's obsession with nailing Chester Morris for some big crime. And of course Morris has to go to work to nail the real crooks to prove his innocence.

But Inspector Farraday's obsession with Boston Blackie is a bit much in Boston Blackie's Rendezvous. Whatever else he is society crook Blackie is no homicidal maniac and Farraday should know that. Still the writers here think he's a strangler.

This all begins when Blackie's playboy friend Arthur Manleder calls late at night on Blackie and the Runt to find his nephew Jimmy Cook who has escaped from an asylum for the hopelessly insane. Cook is played with sardonic brilliance by Steve Cochran in one of his early films. Cook breaks in on Blackie after Manleder leaves and nearly kills him, but does rob him of one of his suits for a disguise.

Then he goes after an obsession of his, taxi dancer Nina Foch. Quite frankly if Farraday wasn't so obsessed with Blackie the film might have been over in 15 minutes.

Arthur Manleder is played in this film by Harry Hayden taking over from Lloyd Corrigan. The Manleder character was dropped from future Boston Blackie films. And Iris Adrian is at her brassy best as Foch's roommate and general protector.

Boston Blackie's Rendezvous is good for the presence of Steve Cochran and Nina Foch and bad for Richard Lane's obsession taken to truly silly lengths.

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