Meet Boston Blackie (1941)

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    Meet Boston Blackie (1941) is the first of fourteen Boston Blackie films from Columbia Pictures.  Chester Morris plays Blackie, a suspected jewel thief who usually ends up helping Inspector Faraday solve some recent crime.  Inspector Faraday, played by Richard Lane, is both flustered and relieved to have Blackie’s help.      In this film, Boston Blackie is returning to New York on

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George Zucco in Fog Island (1945)

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     Fog Island (1945) is a surprisingly good “B” film from Producer’s Releasing Corporation (PRC) starring George Zucco and Lionel Atwill.  PRC and Monogram were two of the bigger “B” film producers during the late 1930s and 1940s.  According to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB), PRC made over 280 films during this time period.      This film is

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Frankie Darro in Irish Luck (1939)

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     Frankie Darro and Mantan Moreland were paired together for the first time in this International Renters, Ltd (Monogram Pictures) film, Irish Luck (1939).  In the film, Frankie Darro plays “Buzzy” O’Brien, a hotel bellhop, while Mantan Moreland is Jefferson, the hotel porter.      “Buzzy’s” father was a police officer killed in the line of duty.  “Buzzy” wants

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Dick Purcell in King of the Zombies (1941)

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     King of the Zombies (1941) is a “B” film from Monogram pictures starring Dick Purcell, Joan Woodbury and Mantan Moreland.  Dick Purcell plays James “Mac” McCarthy, whose plane is forced to land in a mysterious jungle.  His companions Bill Summers and Jefferson “Jeff’ Jackson are Bill Archer and Mantan Moreland respectively. The men quickly discover the island has many strange inhabitants including a

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The Mysterious Rider (1938)

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The Mysterious Rider (1938) also known as The Mark of the Avenger was a “B” film for one of  Paramount Studio’s  “B” film division.  This western is unique because Douglass Dumbrille, who played villains in Charlie Chan films, The Big Store (1942) with the Marx Brothers, etc., actually gets to play the good guy in this film.  Sidney Toler plays

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Bela Lugosi in Black Dragons (1942)

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      Monogram Pictures produced Black Dragons (1942) shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor.  Monogram released the film on March 6, 1942.  Most Monogram films were completed in less than two weeks, so it was not difficult to produce a film so close to the actual bombing.  Bela Lugosi was the biggest name in the film.       “B” movie companies

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