The Return of Boston Blackie (1927)

May 11, 2015 at 1:00 AM (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

This week’s treat from the archives is a pair of rarely-seen newspaper ads promoting the last of the silent Boston Blackie films — Chadwick Pictures’ August 1927 release THE RETURN OF BOSTON BLACKIE:

Ret of BB

The film featured Bob Custer (billed under the stage name Raymond Glenn) in the role of Boston Blackie.  Despite the ad’s claim that the film is “from Jack Boyle’s Cosmopolitan magazine story,” no such tale of Blackie becoming involved with a young girl and a stolen necklace appears anywhere in Boyle’s output.  However, the presence of a prominent canine character suggests some loose inspiration may have been drawn from his Blackie story “Black Dan” which appeared in the October 1919 issue of THE COSMOPOLITAN.

JBF 5/11/15

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