The Phantom Thief (1946)

Movie"Fiction and Radios thrill idolat his eeriest best"
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Boston Blackie in the 11th film of the Columbia series indulges in some wittrading with a squirmy spiritualist who deals in blackmail murder and the occult Blackie out to help his pal Runt recover some jewels finds himself involved in the homicides and also finds himself as the prime suspect and now has to find the real culprit in order to clear himself So Blackie a man of many talents and already a proved magician from cases past shows he knows a little bit about dancing skeletons walking phantoms and spiritualism himself and holds a séance to unmask the murderer

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Jack Boyle's stories first appeared in the early 20th Century. "The Price of Principle" was a short story in the July 1914 issue of The American Magazine. Boyle's character also turned up in Cosmopolitan. In 1917, Redbook published the novelette "Boston Blackie’s Mary," and the magazine brought the character back with "The Heart of the Lily" (February, 1921). Boyle's stories were collected in the book Boston Blackie (1919), which was reprinted in 1979 by Gregg Press. Boyle died in 1928. [edit]Films The earliest film adaptations were silent, dating from 1918 to 1927. Columbia Pictures revived the property in 1941 with Meet Boston Blackie, a fast, 58-minute "B" feature starring Chester Morris. Although the running time was brief, Columbia gave the picture good production values and an imaginative director (Robert Florey). The film was successful, and a series followed.

Movie Details

Theatrical Release:May 2nd, 1946
Original Language:English
Production Companies:Columbia Pictures