Offbeat Attractions Of Boston Blackie's Rendezvous (1945)
By this point in the series, Inspector Farrady
(Richard Lane) should know well that Boston Blackie could not possibly be a strangle
murderer at large, but formula being strictlyobserved at Columbia, here they'd
go again at BB drawing suspicion and thick-head police jumping to wrong
conclusions. This series needed every ounce of Chester Morris' likeability;
beyond him, most are fairly dim. Comedy's a byword, confusion with a Columbia two-reeler a
risk if you enter partway through a Blackie. Speaking of that, Morris and
sidekick George E. Stone cork up as hotel chambermaids to "Yowsah,
Boss!" dumb cops and a looking mortified Clarence Muse. So how many series
detectives donned skirts and did minstrel acts as part of investigation?
Unbalanced killer Steve Cochran links charm with bug-eye menace, a perf helped
by low light and sections allowing him to dominate (did Steve have a friend on
the BB unit? --- he did a couple of them, including his screen debut).
Rendezvous might be a best of the Boston
group for Cochran and blackface antics alone; minus these it would be a slog
most of the rest were.