Boston Blackie - Single Episodes
BOSTON BLACKIEBoston Blackie is a fictional character who has been on both sides of the law. As originally created by author Jack Boyle, he was a safecracker -- a hardened criminal who had served time in a California prison. Prowling the underworld as a detective in adaptations for films, radio, and television, the detective Boston Blackie was "an enemy to those who make him an enemy, friend to those who have no friend". The Boston Blackie radio series, starring Chester Morris, began June 23, 1944, on NBC as a summer replacement for The Amos 'n' Andy Show. Sponsored by Rinso, the series continued until September 15 of that year. Unlike the concurrent films, Blackie had a steady romantic interest in the radio show -- Lesley Woods appeared as Blackie's girlfriend Mary Wesley. Harlow Wilcox was the show's announcer. On April 11, 1945, Richard Kollmar took over the title role in a radio series syndicated by Frederic W. Ziv to Mutual and other network outlets. Over 200 episodes of this series were produced between 1944 and October 25, 1950. Other sponsors included Lifebuoy Soap, Champagne Velvet beer, and R&H beer. While investigating mysteries, Blackie invaribly encountered harebrained Police Inspector Farraday (Maurice Tarplin) and always solved the mystery to Farraday's amazement. Initially, friction surfaced in the relationship between Blackie and Farraday, but as the series continued, Farraday recognized Blackie's talents and requested assistance. Blackie dated Mary Wesley (Jan Miner), and for the first half of the series, his best pal Shorty was always on hand. The humorless Farraday was on the receiving end of Blackie's bad puns and word play.
NOTE: Updated with Version 3.2 Files on 26-May-2012. NOTE: Updated with Version 3 Files on 18-Nov-2009.From the Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. See "Note" Section below for more information on the OTRR.
This recording is part of the Old Time Radio collection.
One of the more entertaining detective series
The well-written back-and-forth bickering between Blackie and Inspector Farriday helps propel this series beyond more mundane "solve the crime" shows. Blackie also has to solve his cases without the help (and often with direct opposition) from the police, which adds a nice twist. And rather than Mary just being a female friend, she's really Blackie's girl, which makes things just a tad more believable. It's a very listenable show, even after repeated listenings.
A MUST HEAR
Give Boston Black a hear. I beleave this show should be in the top ten on the old time radio list. Its fresh, the acting is great, and the sound is clear. An if you like this type of show you will love it.
Boston's lock-picking and his nice gangster-catching ideas and attitudes together with everything else like his getting away from the police always and the endless arguments with Faraday make some of the greatest OTRR fun! Thanks!
Corny puns abound in these who done its. The organ music was a little much. overall, it made my drives home from work bearable.
Some of Boston Blackie Radio Show Voice Actors
Whew enough for now. Anyone else for voice actor trivia? :) One of my favorite hobbies.
18-Nov-2009: Corrected the Larry the Kid vs Savinni episode, plus some minor corrections on about a dozen other episodes.
rich detail, fast paced. great for passive listening (while sleeping)
Guy with an eye (ear) for detail...
So impressed top to bottom: writing, sound effects, actors, tempo.