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Starring Kent Taylor
Season 1 (Syndicated) (1951-52) (b&w)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:
John King, New York  [JK] / Sal Crisanti [SC] , Rina Fox
references:
TV Guide / Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)
UCLA Film and Television Archive / Writers Guild of America (wga)


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26 black & white episodes
Episodes Listed in ZIV Release no. order
Boston Blackie 1951

1.01 [--] Boston Blackie : TRAIN MURDER (ZIV title) (b-w)
(a.k.a. "Murder Train")
ZIV Release no. 1001 / Prod. no. 1B (10Sep51)
Original Screenplay bu J. Benton Cheney
Directed by Paul Landres
Guest Cast:
Frank Richards, Douglas Evans, John Berkes, Ben Weldon,
Paul Maxey, Edward Clark, Billy Nelson
Recurring Support Cast: Lois Collier, Frank Orth
Synopsis 1:
A gambling czar is murdered in his train compartment, the door to
which is locked from the inside and every other means of entrance is
sealed. [JK]
Synopsis 2:
Blackie is on a train bound for Los Angeles. A famous gambler is
also on board and is murdered in his compartment. Blackie's only
suspect is the deadman's body guard. [SC]

1.02 [--] Boston Blackie: COP KILLER (ZIV title) (b-w)
(a.k.a. "Hot Money")
ZIV Release no. 1002 / Prod. no. 6B (17Sep51)
Original Screenplay by Warren Wilson
Directed by Paul Landres
Guest Stars:
Frank Mitchell, Richard Crane, George Pembroke, Sam Scar,
Hart E. Wayne, Troy Melton, Bill Catching,
Jack Mulhall (to be verified)
Recurring Support Cast: Lois Collier, Frank Orth
Synopsis 1:
Boston Blackie trails three men who have robbed an armored car and
escaped in a black sedan. The only clue to their identity is a
package of money which has been charred on one side. [JK]
Synopsis 2:
BLACKIE INVESTIGATES AN ARMORED CAR ROBBERY AND THE MURDER
OF A ROOKIE COP FRIEND. BLACKIE'S SUSPECTS ARE THREE MEN WHO
WORK AT A GRAVEL QUARRY. [SC]

1.03 [--] Boston Blackie: OIL FIELD MURDER(S) (b-w)
ZIV Release no. 1003 / Prod. no. 4B (24Sep51)
Original Screenplay by Herbert Purdom
Directed by Paul Landres
Director of Photography Kenneth Peach
Guest Cast:
Thayer Roberts, Lester Dorr, Tom Kennedy, Frank Hagney, Jean Willes,
Pamela Blake, John Diehl, Bill Catching (uncredited).
Recurring Support Cast:
Lois Collier, Frank Orth
Synopsis 1:
Blackie comes to the aid of a girl who has become mixed up in a
fraudulent scheme involving some worthless land. [JK]
Synopsis:
A woman wanted by police for oil land fraud is murdered in Blackie's
appartment. His investigation leeds to an oil field foreman and the woman's boy friend. [SC]

1.04 [--] Boston Blackie: PHONE BOOTH MURDER (b-w)
ZIV Release no. 1004 / Prod. no. 2B (1Oct51)
W: Warren Wilson
D: Paul Landres
Guest Stars:
Marshall Reed, Fred Sherman, William Haade, Frank Jaquet,
William Lester, John Merton, Carlo Schipa, Mary Ellen Popel
Blackie investigates a restaurant he believes is a cover-up for a  counterfeiting ring. [JK]

1.05 [--] Boston Blackie: BLIND BEGGAR (b-w)
ZIV Release no. 1005 / Prod. no. 5B (8Oct51)
W: Jack DeWitt
D: Paul Landres
Guest Stars:
Thayer Roberts, Lester Dorr, Tom Kennedy, Sondra Rogers,
John Clifford Brooke, Joseph J. Greene [JK]
********* no synopsis available *********

1.06 [--] Boston Blackie: FORTUNE TELLER (ZIV title) (b-w)
(a.k.a. "Mystic Murder")
ZIV Release no. 1006 / Prod. no. 9B (15Oct51)
W: Herbert Purdum
D: Paul Landress
Boston Blackie finds himself accused of the murder of Jerry "The Rose"
Kjaden, who has been mixed up in a phony medium racket. [JK]

1.07 [--] Boston Blackie: SCAR HAND (b-w)
ZIV Release no. 1007 / Prod. no. 11B (22Oct51)
W: Herbert Purdum
D: Paul Landres
********* no guest cast details *********
A man, desperate for money for his boy's operation, hires someone
to kill him so the child will inherit his insurance money. [JK]

1.08 [--] Boston Blackie: FARADAY MURDER CASE (b-w)
ZIV Release no. 1008 / Prod. no. 7B (29Oct51)
W: Warren Wilson
D: Paul Landres
Guest Stars:
Frank Mitchell, George Pembroke, Richard Crane, Sam Scar,
Arthur Reeves, Lorna Thayer, Frank Stanlow, George Milan,
Troy Melton, Bill Catching [JK]
********* no synopsis available *********

1.09 [--] Boston Blackie: BEACH MURDER (b-w)
ZIV Release no. 1009 / Prod. no. 12B (5Nov51)
Directed by Eddie Davis
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY BY HERBERT PURDUM.
GUEST CAST:
MICHAEL VALLON, FRANK JENKS, KARL DAVIS, BERNADENE HAYES,
DAVID ORMONT, ALICE ROLPH, DONALD KERR, BRUCE CAMERON. [SC]
Synopsis:
Blackie discovers empty beach houses are being used to land aliens smuggled into the United States. [JK]

1.10 [--] Boston Blackie: GANG MURDER (b-w)
ZIV Release no. 1010 / Prod. no. 8B (12Nov51)
W: Herbert Purdum
D: Paul Landres
Guest Stars:
John Sebastian, Robert Forrest, Louise Arthur, Tom Neal, Gene Roth,
Larry Hudson, Charles Sullivan
Blackie is called in when a young detective on the force feels his
brother's murder is not being investigated thoroughly. [JK]

1.11 [--] Boston Blackie: TOY FACTORY MURDER (b-w)
ZIV Release no. 1011 / Prod. no. 3B (19Nov51)
W: Herbert Purdum
D: Paul Landres
Guest Stars:
Christine Larson, Mary Kent, Karen Randle, Marshall Reed, Fred Sherman,
Wheaton Chambers, Eugene Jackson
Boston Blackie goes after the murderer of a draftsman in a toy factory filling a war-contract. [JK]

1.12 [--] Boston Blackie: ROLLER COASTER MURDER (ZIV title) (b-w)
(a.k.a "Death on a Roller Coaster")
ZIV Release no. 1012 / Prod. no. 14B (26Nov51)
DIRECTED BY PAUL LANDRES.
ORIGINAL STORY BY WARREN WILSON.
SCREENPLAY BY J. BENTON CHENEY.
GUEST CAST:
TERRY FROST, PAUL BRYER, GREGG MARTELL, PHIL ARNOLD, TOM TYLER. [SC]
Synopsis:
Boston Blackie is certain that the man who supposedly fell from a
speeding roller coaster didn't die accidentally. [JK]


1.13 [--] Boston Blackie: HIGH VOLTAGE MURDER (ZIV title) (b-w)
(a.k.a. "Death in a Power Plant")
ZIV Release no. 1013 / Prod. no. 10B (3Dec51)
Original Screenplay by Warren Wilson
Directed by Paul Landres
Director of Photography Kenneth Peach
Guest Cast:
Michael Whalen, John Eldredge, Russ Conway, Ted Stanhope, Ernie Venneri,
John Merrick, Jack Mulhall Mary Jane Saunders
Recurring Support Cast:
Lois Collier, Frank Orth
Synopsis:
Blackie must find the location of top secret documents that were stolen
by a criminal who was recently released from prison. Blackie's trail
takes him to a power plant. [SC]

1.14 [--] Boston Blackie: WATERFRONT MURDER (b-w) (ZIV title)
(possible a.k.a. "Blow Gun Murders")
ZIV Release no. 1014 / Prod. no. 13B (10Dec51)
Original Story by Jack Dewitt / Screenplay by J. Benton Cheney
Directed by Eddie Davis
Director of Photography Kenneth Peach
Guest Cast:
Michael Vallon, Frank Jenks, Aram Katcher, Karl Davis, Bernadene Hayes.
Recurring Support Cast:
Lois Collier, Frank Orth
Synopsis 1 ("Blow Gun Murders"):
A man is killed by some unknown poison. His wife asks Blackie for help.
Then the wife is murdered the same way. Blackie investigates. His
leeds are a boat, perfume, and a blow gun. [SC]

1.15 [--] Boston Blackie: GRIFFITH PARK MURDER (b-w)
ZIV Release no. 1015 / Prod. no. 15B (17Dec51)
W: H. Purdum
D: Paul Landres
Guest Stars:
Maris Wrixon, Terry Frost, Paul Bryar, Luther Crockett, Tony Jochim,
Alan Harris, Roland Varno
Blackie investigates the murder of a dealer in rare books, whose body
was found lying on a deserted bridle path. [JK]

1.16 [--] Boston Blackie: THE DEVIL'S DAUGHTERS (b-w)
ZIV Release no. 1016 / Prod. no. 16B (24Dec51)
Screenplay by Eddie Davis
From an Original Story by J. Benton Cheney
Directed by Eddie Davis
Guest Cast:
Christine McIntyre, Tris Coffin, Margaret Hedin, Keith Richards,
Bill Catching, Troy Melton.
Recurring Support Cast:
Lois Collier, Frank Orth
Synopsis 1:
Boston Blackie tries to pin a series of hold-ups on two teen-aged
girls. Mary has been taken prisoner by them. [JK]
Synopsis 2 :
A restaurant owner friend of Blackie's suspects that his wife is
involved with a series of supermarket robberies. [SC]

1.17 [--] Boston Blackie: THE CRUSADER (ZIV title) (b-w)
(a.k.a. "Big Game Murders")
ZIV Release no. 1017 / Prod. no. 19B (31Dec51)
W: H. Purdum
D: Paul Landres
Guest Stars:
Robert Spencer, James Guilfoyle, Wendy Waldron, Lucile B. Curtis,
George Douglas, Norval Mitchell
Boston Blackie investigates a murder in which the victim was killed
by a high powered hunting rifle. [JK]

1.18 [--] Boston Blackie: DEATH BY DICTATION (b-w)
ZIV Release no. 1018 / Prod. no. 20B (7Jan52)
W: B. Ederer, R.A. White
D: Paul Landres
[ No story available][JK]

1.19 [--] Boston Blackie: THE LYING BLACKMAILER (b-w)
ZIV Release no. 1019 / Prod. no. 17B (14Jan52)
W: H. Purdum
D: Paul Landres
[No story available][JK]

1.20 [--] Boston Blackie: DELMARK DIAMOND CASE (ZIV title) (b-w)
(a.k.a. "Diamond Cutter")
ZIV Release no. 1020 / Prod. no. 18B (21Jan52)
W: Milton M. Raison
D: Paul Landres
A diamond cutter is framed for a hit and run murder. [JK]

1.21 [--] Boston Blackie: BAD TIME CHRLIE (ZIV title) (b-w)
(a.k.a A Brother's Revenge")
ZIV Release no. 1021 / Prod. no. 21B (28Jan52)
Original Screenplay by Donn Mullally
Directed by Paul Landres
Guest Cast:
Valerie Vernon, Stephen Chase, Stuart Whitman (Cimarron Strip),
Paul Purcell, Dean Henson, Paul Kerst, Walter McGrail, Bill Catching
Recurring Support Cast: Lois Collier, Frank Orth
Synopsis:
The brother of a convicted killer believes he's innocent. Blackie
has the same idea and investigates. [SC]

1.22 [--] Boston Blackie : MOTHER WORE BLINKERS (ZIV title) (b-w)
(a.k.a. "Brass Knuckle Killer")
ZIV Release no. 1022 / Prod. no. 22B (4Feb52)
Original Screenplay by Herbert Purdum
Directed by Eddie Davis
Guest Cast:
Joseph Turkel, Frank Marlowe, Mirna McKinney, Gloria Saunders,
Richard Bartel, Donald Kerr, Richard Grant
Recurring Support Cast: Lois Collier, Frank Orth
Synopsis:
The son of a night club piano player is leading a double life of
crime and murder. She suspects something and asks Blackie for help. [SC]

1.23 [--] Boston Blackie: THE DIRECTOR'S DILEMMA (b-w)
ZIV Release no. 1023 / Prod. no. 25B (11Feb52)
W: D. Mullally
D: Sobey Martin
Guest Stars:
Hugh Prosser, Bill Henry, Jack Roper, John Sheehan, Ruth Perrott [JK]

1.24 [--] Boston Blackie: RED HOT MURDER (b-w)
ZIV Release no. 1024 / Prod. no. 23B (18Feb52)
W: Raison & Cheney
D: Eddie Davis
[No story available]

1.25 [--] Boston Blackie: CHINESE LOTTERY (ZIV title) (b-w)
(a.k.a. "Fireworks in Chinatown")
ZIV Release no. 1025 / Prod. no. 26B (25Feb52)
W. Wilson
D: Paul Landres
Guest Stars:
Bill Hamel, Rudy McCool, Wen Ti Chang, Michael Dale, Gearge Lee,
Robert W. Lee, Barbara Jean Wong, William Yip, Bill Catching, Troy Melton [JK]

1.26 [--] Boston Blackie: THE BIG H MURDER (b-w)
ZIV Release no. 1026 / Prod. no. 24B (3Mar52)
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY BY BERNARD EDERER & ROBERT A. WHITE.
DIRECTED BY SOBEY MARTIN
Guest Stars:
Kay Morley, Hugh Prosser, Bill Henry, Tom Tyler,
Jack Roper, June Kenney, Bill Catching
RECURRING SUPPORT CAST: LOIS COLLIER, FRANK ORTH.
Synopsis #1:
An actor turns against his agent who is behind jewel burglaries in
Hollywood. Blackie tries to help the actor turn in the gang. [JK]
SYNOPSIS #2:
BLACKIE AND MARY INVESTIGATE A HOLLYWOOD ACTOR, A MOVIE AGENT, THE
MURDER OF A WOMAN, AND THE LOCATION OF STOLEN JEWELS HIDDEN SOMEWHERE
IN THE HOLLYWOOD HILLS. [SC]

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