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Starring Kent Taylor
Season 2 (Syndicated) (1952-53) (Color)
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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32 Color Episodes
WABD Ch 5 Fri 9:30 pm
Episodes Listed in ZIV Release no. order

2.01 [27] Boston Blackie: BLACK WIDOW (color)
ZIV Release no. 1027 / Prod. no. 28B (17Oct52)
Screenplay by Don Mullally
Directed by Eddie Davis
Guest Cast:
Sheila Watson, John Pickard, Stephen Gregory,
John Marshak (or Marshall?), Pierre Watkin, Joe McGuinn.
Recurring Support Cast:
Lois Collier, Frank Orth
Synopsis 1
Blackie and Faraday clash over the methods Blackie uses to track
down government plans for a new type of metal, which have been stolen. [JK]
Synopsis 2:
The wife of a company president plots to have him murdered and blame it  on a close friend
that she's having an affair with. Blackie suspects the wife and tries to make her confess. [SC]

2.02 [28] Boston Blackie: FALL GUY (color)
ZIV Release no. 1028 / Prod. no. 29B (24Oct52)
W: D. Mullally, D. Cooper
D: G. M. Cahan
Boston Blackie's maid asks him to help in clearing her brother who has been accused of assault. [JK]

2.03 [29] Boston Blackie: DEATH TRAP (color) 
ZIV Release no. 1029 / Prod. no. 27B (31Oct52)
W: D. Mullally, H. Purdum
D: Eddie Davis
Guest Stars:
Sheila Watson, John Pickard, Stephen Gregory, John Marshall,
Allen O'Locklin, Scott Douglas, Troy Melton, Bill Catching
Blackie runs a race against time to identify a murderer who is
systematically killing off everyone who could convict him. [JK]

2.04 [30] Boston Blackie: 13th DUMMY (ZIV title) (color) 
(a.k.a. "Silver Sequins")
ZIV Release no. 1030 / Prod. no. 30B (7Nov52)
W: James Gruen, D. Mullally
D: G. M. Cahan
The life of a famous dress designer is threatened when her husband
decides to take over her huge business. Blackie is too late to save her. [JK]

2.05 [31] Boston Blackie: DEEP SIX (color)
ZIV Release no. 1031 / Prod. no. 33B (14Nov52)
W: Roy Hamilton, D. Mullally
D: G. M. Cahan
Guest Stars:
Clark Howat, William Blackwell, Peter Mamakos, Tracey Roberts,
Lee Van Cleef, Hugh Sanders, Troy Melton, Bill Catching
Blackie and Mary attend an engagement party and wind up in the middle
of the murder of the prospective groom. The wrong man is almost convicted.[JK]

2.06 [32] Boston Blackie: MINUET FOR MURDERS (ZIV title)(color)
(a.k.a. "Phantom Burglar")
ZIV Release no. 1032 / Prod. no. 32B (21Nov52)
Original Screenplay by Robert C. Dennis
Directed by George M. Cahan
Director of Photography Kenneth Peach
Guest Cast:
Skelton Knaggs, Don Peters, Evelynne Eaten, Reed Howes,
John Carson, Earl Hodgins, Bill Catching,
John Cason (uncredited), Troy Melton (uncredited)
Recurring Support Cast:
Lois Collier, Frank Orth
Synopsis 1:
A woman asks Boston Blackie's help in recovering some valuable papers
she claims were stolen from her. In his search, Blackie uncovers a blackmail scheme. [JK]
Synopsis 2:
Blackie is hired by a woman being blackmailed. She wants him to recover
a package containing indiscreet letters about her. His investigation
leeds him to a burglar, a shady lawyer, and a bus terminal. [SC]

2.07 [33] Boston Blackie: TIMELY HOUR (color)
ZIV Release no. 1033 / Prod. no. 35B (28Nov52)
W: L. J. Lund, D. Mullally
D: Sobey Martin
An actor believes his career is being hampered by a television director, when an
attempt is made on the director's life Blackie finds his vacation plans interrupted. [JK]

2.08 [34] Boston Blackie: QUEEN OF THIEVES (color)
ZIV Release no. 1034 / Prod. no. 31B (5Dec52)
W; I. Lieberman, H. Purdum
D: G. M. Cahan
Guest stars:
Mary Young, Skelton Knaggs, John Carson, Don Peters, Earl Hodgins,
Reed Howes, Troy Melton
"Archie the Dip" is shot when he attempts to tell Blackie about his
troubles. Blackie learns the secret of the little crooks curious
activities when he traces a kindly old lady. [JK]

2.09 [35] Boston Blackie: 101 BLONDE (color)
ZIV Release no. 1035 / Prod. no. 36B (12Dec52)
W: Robert Dennis
D: Sobey Martin
Guest Stars:
Marjorie Weaver, John Crawford, Ted Hecht, Barry Bernard, Walter Kelly
Blackie's efforts to clear a man of a hit-and-run charge lead him into a complicated case
 of murder. The trail starts with an evening dress and ends on the set of a Western. [JK]

2.10 [36] Boston Blackie: INSIDE CRIME (ZIV title) (color)
ZIV Release no. 1036 / Prod. no. 34B (19Dec52)
W: B. Angell, D. Mullally
D: Eddie Davis
Guest Stars:
Clark Howat, William Blakewell, Peter Mamakos, Tracey Roberts,
Lee Van Cleef, Milt Morante,Troy Melton, Bill Catching.
Mary is held hostage by a holdup gang. It's members have learned that
Blackie knows their identities. They want to prevent Blackie from going to the police. [JK]

2.11 [37] Boston Blackie: SO WAS GOLIATH (ZIV title) (color) 
ZIV Release no. 1037 / Prod. no. 37B (26Dec52)
W: Oliver Crawford
D: Eddie Davis
Guest Stars: (same cast as no. 1039/38B)
John Kellogg, Ann Kimbell, Emory Parnell, Allen Jenks, Johnny Indrisano,
Charles Wagenheim, Don Dillaway
Blackie becomes friends with a college-boy prizefighter, whose
ambitions to gain fame in the ring are offset by his college work. [JK]

2.12 [38] Boston Blackie: DEATH DOES A RHUMBA (ZIV title)(color)
(a.k.a. "Expensive Maracas")
ZIV Release no. 1038 / Prod. no. 39B (2Jan53)
W: Burt Sims
D: Sobey Martin
Guest Stars;
Vicki Bakken, Leonard Penn, Maurice Jara, Dick Reeves, Felipe Turich
Blackie tries to convince a friend on the run to give himself up. [JK]

2.13 [39] Boston Blackie: THE GUNMAN (ZIV title) (color)
(a.k.a. "Back from the Dead")
ZIV Release no. 1039 / Prod. no. 38B (9Jan53)
Original Screenplay by David Heath
[Written or Story by H. Dimsdale - on ZIV credits -hard copy)
Directed by Eddie Davis
Guest Cast:
(same cast as no. 1037/37B)
John Kellogg, Ann Kimbell, Emory Parnell, Allen Jenkins,
John Indrisano, Charles Wagenheim, Don Dillaway
Recurring Support Cast: Lois Collier, Frank Orth
Synopsis 1:
Blackie tries to convince a friend on the wrong side of the law that he
should leave the "protection " racket and return to legitimate pursuits.
Soon after receiving Blackie's counsel the man is killed. [JK]
Synopsis 2:
The ex-husband of a friend of Mary's is murdered. Blackie uses
an exact double of the deadman to bring the killer to justice.[SC]

2.14 [40] Boston Blackie: JACK IN THE BOX(color)
ZIV Release no. 1040 / Prod. no. 40B (16Jan53)
W: I. Lieberman
D: Sobey Martin
Blackie almost loses his life when he tangles with industrial-diamond
smugglers operating between the United States and Mexico. [JK]

2.15 [41] Boston Blackie: REVENGE(color)
ZIV Release no. 1041 / Prod. no. 41B (23Jan53)
W: H. Dimsdale
D: Sobey Martin
Guest Stars:
Peter Brocco, John V. Close, Wm. "Bill" Phillips, Larry Stewart,
Alex Sharp, Allan Roy
Blackie is jailed as protection against a mobster who threatened his life. [JK]

2.16 [42] Boston Blackie: THE FRIENDLY GESTURE (ZIV title)(color) 
(a.k.a. "Trailer Park Showdown")
ZIV Release no. 1042 / Prod. no. 42B (30Jan53)
Original Screenplay Dennis Cooper
Directed by Sobey Martin
Guest Cast:
Ben Cameron (as Barney Stevens), Ben Welden, Robert Keys,
Arthur Gilmore, Edgar Dearing,
TED MAPES, TROY MELTON, BILL CATCHING,
Irene Vernon (to be verified)
Recurring Support Cast: Lois Collier, Frank Orth
Synopsis 1:
A bank teller is gunned down by the accomplice of a bank robber.
Blackie attempts to save the life of the teller's wife. [JK]
Synopsis 2:
A FAMOUS BANK ROBBER NAMED BARNEY STEVENS ESCAPES FROM PRISON
AND HEADS FOR LOS ANGELES TO ROB A BANK. HE'S IDENTIFIED BY A BANK
TELLER AND CAPTURED. THE BANK TELLER IS SHOT AND KILLED BY ONE OF
BARNEY'S THUGS. BLACKIE TRACKS HIM TO A TRAILER PARK AND CAPTURES
HIM AFTER FIERCE FIGHT. [SC]

2.17 [43] Boston Blackie: THE HEIST JOB (color)  [verified - RF]
ZIV Release no. 1043 / Prod. no. 43B (6-Feb-1953)
Written by John Loring
Directed by Eddie Davis
Director of photography Curt Fetters
Editor Martin G. Cohn
Story Editor Donn Mullally
Starring: Kent Taylor (as Boston Blackie)
Guest cast:
Billy Halop ......... Johnny Evans (Cab Driver)
Peter Leeds ......... Harry Webb
Jane Bryant ......... Marge Evans
Frank Orth .......... Inspector Faraday
Cosmo Sardo ......... Fishing Boat Captain
Clarence Straight ... Policeman
Enid Baine .......... Nurse
Synopsis:
Boston Blackie tries to vindicate an ex-convict who is suspected of robbery,
everyone but Blackie is convinced of his guilt. Ironically it was Blackie
who sent the man to jail on his first offense. [JK]
Note:
Impressive stunt work at the end at the fishing docks. It was filmed outside,
not on a studio back lot, which made it realistic and exciting. [RF]

2.18 [44] Boston Blackie: DEADLY PAYOFF (color)
ZIV Release no. 1044 / Prod. no. 44B (13Feb53)
W: R. L. Bellem
D: Eddie Davis
A retired importer decides to meet the demands of his wife's kidnappers
and asks Blackie to accompany him with the ransom. Blackie searches for his wife. [JK]

2.19 [45] Boston Blackie: THE HOT GIMMICK (ZIV title) (color)
(a.k.a. "Bombs Away")
ZIV Release no. 1045 / Prod. no. 45B (20Feb53)
W: Al C. Ward
D: Sobey Martin
Boston Blackie is after the person or persons, who unknowingly stole a
time bomb along with a cache of jewels. [JK]

2.20 [46] Boston Blackie: THE ALIBI  (color)
ZIV Release no. 1046 / Prod. no. 46B (27Feb53)
W: H. Purdum
D: Eddie Davis
Guest Cast - no details
A man, Milo Morrissey, whose secretary has been mysteriously murdered
tries to use Boston Blackie for his alibi. [JK]

2.21 [47] Boston Blackie: KEYS TO THE KILLER  (color) 
ZIV Release no. 1047 / Prod. no. 47B (6Mar53)
W: R. L. Bellem
D: Eddie Davis
Guest Cast - no details
Blackie becomes involved in a feud between two brothers. [JK]

2.22 [48] Boston Blackie: STUDIO MURDER (ZIV title) (color)
(a.k.a. "Trouble on the Set")
ZIV Release no. 1048 / Prod. no. 48B (13Mar53)
W: I Lieberman, J. De Witt
D: Eddie Davis
Guest Cast - no details
Blackie tries to find the person who caused the series of so-called
accidents that almost take the life of a movie actress. [JK]

2.23 [49] Boston Blackie: HIRED HAND   (color)
ZIV Release no. 1049 / Prod. no. 49B  (20Mar53)
W: Wm. Wolff
D: Sobey Martin
Guest Cast - no details
A farmhand recently released from an asylum is suspected of trying to murder a farmer and his wife. [JK]

2.24 [50] Boston Blackie: SHOOT THE WORKS  (color) 
ZIV Release no. 1050 / Prod. no. 50B (27Mar53)
W: I. Lieberman
D: Sobey Martin
Guest Cast - no details
[No story available]

2.25 [51] Boston Blackie: THE MOTORCYCLE KIDS (ZIV title) (color)
(a.k.a. "Motorcycle Bandit")
ZIV Release no. 1051 / Prod. no. 51B (3Apr53)
Original Screenplay by Robert Leslie Bellem
From an Original Story by Sheila Erskin & Harry Kerr
Directed by Sobey Martin
Guest Cast:
Sandyn Sanders, Gloria Talbott, Wheaton Chambers, Harry Brown
Recurring Support Cast:
Lois Collier, Frank Orth
Synopsis 1:
Blackie investigates a series of robberies conducted by a young couple using a motorcycle for their getaways. [SC]
Synopsis 2:
Blackie stops an innocent young couple from becoming public enemies.[JK]

2.26 [52] Boston Blackie: A DATE WITH ROMERO (color)
ZIV Release no. 1052 / Prod. no. 52B (10Apr53)
W: W. Wilson
D: Sobey Martin
Guest Cast - no details
Story of TV star murdered on camera. [JK]

2.27 [53] Boston Blackie: FALSE FACE (color)
ZIV Release no. 1053 / Prod. no. 53B (17Apr53)
W: J. B. Cheney
D: Eddie Davis
Guest Cast - no details
A bank president walks out with a great amount of money in Blackie's presence. [JK]

2.28 [54] Boston Blackie: CROWN JEWELS (ZIV title)(color)
(a.k.a. "Galleus, the Great")
ZIV Release no. 1054 / Prod. no. 54B (24Apr53)
Original Screenplay by Eddie Davis & Barney A. Sarecky
Directed by Eddie Davis
Guest Cast:
Michael Ansara ("Cochise", "Broken Arrow"),
Charlita, John Merton, Gilbert Frye, Bill Catching, Hector and his Pals.
Recurring Support Cast:
Lois Collier, Frank Orth
Synopsis 1:
Valuable jewels to be returned to a foreign country, are stolen from
a guarded safe. Blackie's investigation leads him to a professional mind reader. [SC]
    Synopsis 2:
Blackie seeks foreign agents and stolen jewels. [JK]

2.29 [55] Boston Blackie: PURSUIT (color)
ZIV Release no. 1055 / Prod. no. 55B (1May53)
W: H. Dinsdale
D: Sobey Martin
Guest Cast:
John Doucette, Lyle Talbot, Diane Fortier, Joe E. Ross, Irvin Ashkenazy
A down-and-out oil man asks Boston Blackie's help in the recovery of the
proceeds of a 10 year old murder. [JK]

2.30 [56] Boston Blackie: GRAB BAG (ZIV title) (color)
(a.k.a."Railroaded")
ZIV Release no. 1056 / Prod. no. 56B (8May53)
W: T. Gries
D: Sobey Martin
Guest Cast:
Philip Van Zandt, Roscoe Ates, Karen King, Henry Rowland,
Lucille Thompson, Mark Scott.
Blackie searches the Union Pacific freight yards to locate a missing heir. [JK]

2.31 [57] Boston Blackie: NARCOTIC RING (color)
ZIV Release no. 1057 / Prod. no. 57B (15May53)
W: B. A. Serecky
D: Eddie Davis
Guest Cast - no details
Blackie gets involved with a man who throws himself into comas, a phony
auto accident and stolen narcotics. [JK]

2.32 [58] Boston Blackie: BIG TOM'S CLAMBAKE (color) (final episode)
ZIV Release no. 1058 / Prod. no. 58B (22May53)
W. W. Wilson
D: Eddie Davis
Guest Cast - no details
Blackie discovers that two feuding groups of truckers intend murder. [JK]

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