Created by author Jack Boyle, Boston Blackie was a master
safecracker and hardened criminal who served time in a California prison.
Rehabilitated, he decided to use his knowledge of the underworld to fight crime
as an amateur detective. Known as “an enemy to those who make him an enemy, friend
to those who have no friend,” Boston Blackie’s exploits were adapted to film,
radio, and television. Chester Morris, who had played Boston Blackie in a
series of B movies for Columbia, originated the character on radio in 1944. By
1945 Richard Kollmar had taken over the title role in a radio series syndicated
by Frederic W. Ziv. Over two hundred radio episodes were produced between 1944
and 1950. While investigating the cases, Blackie would invariably encounter
harebrained Police Inspector Faraday (Maurice Tarplin) and always solve the
crime before Faraday could. The initial friction between Blackie and Faraday gave way as the series continued and Faraday came to recognize Blackie’s talents, occasionally even requesting his assistance. Blackie dated
Mary Wesley (Jan Miner), and for the first half of the series,
his best pal Shorty (Tony Barrett) was on hand. Boston Blackie transitioned to television in 1951.
Episodes include “The Brandon Murder,” “The Condon
Ransom,” “The Baseball Player Murder,” “The Stolen Car Ring,” “The Frances
Fielding Murder,” “The Winthrope Jewelry Company Thefts,” “The Paul Blaine
Murder,” “Mike Harlan Escapes from Prison,” “The Old Man Graham Murder,” “The
Case of the Disappearing Plane,” “The Masked Gang Protection Racket,” and “Mary
Steals a Stolen Diamond Necklace.” Download and start listening now!