Star of the Month
An "enemy to those who make him an enemy, friend to those who have no friend," Boston Blackie was a fictional anti-hero created by author Jack Boyle in the early 20th century who went on to be the title character of films, radio, TV and comics. Originally a safecracker and jewel thief, Blackie became a detective in later adaptations, although he maintained his criminal connections and reputation for working outside the law. In the 1940s, almost fifteen years after the original run of silent films, Columbia produced its own series. They made fourteen Boston Blackie films between 1941 and 1948, and true to Columbia’s B-picture roots, the typically one-hour pictures combined up and coming talent with seasoned veterans and proved to be a trial-by-fire for many rising stars, in front of and behind the camera.