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Boston Blackie | Old Time Radio


Boston Blackie is an old time radio drama, detective, hard boiled style. The character of Boston Blackie was created from the book by Jack Boyle. In the old time radio show, as well as the book, Boston Blackie started out a as a safecracker and jewel thief. After Boston Blackie's stint as a criminal he turned into a private investigator. In the book his original name was Horatio Black, then thankfully he got the nickname, Boston Blackie.
Boston Blackie had a tagline, "enemy to those who make him an enemy, friend to those who have no friend." The character created by Boyle turned out to be a hit in all entertainment venues. After the book, Boston Blackie was made into a series of nine silent films, from 1918-1927. Then starting in 1941 Columbia pictures started a run of 14 Boston Blackie movies. Finally in 1944, NBC got Boston Blackie into old time radio. It was originally a summer replacement for that wildly popular old time radio great, Amos and Andy.
When Boston Blackie finally got on the airwaves, he was played by actor Chester Morris, who had played the part in the Columbia movies. The plots often revolved around jewels, after all, that was Boston Blackie's specialty at one time. But there were also plenty of murders, thefts, scams, etc. that Boston Blackie unraveled. He was always there for the little guy. One episode revolved around him getting the deposit back for a G.I who had recently come back from the war. Of course the plot for that episodes turned into a murder case also by the end. But the main theme of Boston Blackie episodes was that he was the go to guy when the little man needed a hand.
Boston Blackie wasn't quite hard boiled, but almost! That probably helped make the plots more realistic. Blackie's counterpart, and sometimes nemesis in the police was Inspector Farraday. Although Boston Blackie was always under the eyes of the police, after time Farraday held a begrudged admiration for Blackie. Of course no self respecting old time radio detective series can go without a sultry female, and Boston Blackie was no exception. For a time he had an ongoing relationship with a character, Mary Wesly.
After the first season of Boston Blackie as a replacement for Amos and Andy, it became a full time series. It was now syndicated by the famous Frederick Ziv. Ziv is responsible for numerous other old time radio classics, and it's said he produced and syndicated 47 other old time radio shows. When the new Boston Blackie came out, Chester Morris was replaced by Richard Kolmar, who did a great job of continuing the character. There were a couple of recurring minor characters, but the main ones were Insp. Farrady, and Mary Wesly.
Boston Blackie didn't end on old time radio. It was later revived as a TV series in 1951 that ran for 58 episodes. Boston Blackie was also referred to in a Jimmy Buffet song, and even Donald Duck did a bit, Boston Quackie.
Besides the original concept of a Robin Hood type character, good scripts, and acting, Boston Blackie was popular in old time radio because it also adapted it's scripts to the more jaded listeners post WWII. Boston Blackie is a favorite for old time radio listeners. Listen to a sample and see why it's one of our top sellers.
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