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Jack Boyle first penned Boston Blackie in 1913
Jack Boyle first penned Boston Blackie in 1913


Meet Boston Blackie launched a successful franchise of 14 Boston Blackie features starring Chester Morris
Meet Boston Blackie launched a successful franchise of 14 Boston Blackie features starring Chester Morris

Boston Blackie spot ad from July 14 1944
Boston Blackie spot ad from July 14 1944


NBC-Red aired Boston Blackie under Rinso sponsorship as a Summer replacement for Amos 'n' Andy
NBC-Red aired Boston Blackie under Rinso sponsorship as a Summer replacement for Amos 'n' Andy


Ziv and Mutual's WOR partnered to syndicate Boston Blackie for 1945 and again from 1947 to 1950
Ziv and Mutual's WOR partnered to syndicate Boston Blackie for 1945 and again from 1947 to 1950

Inspector Farraday (Maurice Tarplin), Mary Wesley (Jan Miner) and Boston Blackie (Richard Kollmar) go over evidence in Farraday's office.
Inspector Farraday (Maurice Tarplin), Mary Wesley (Jan Miner) and Boston Blackie (Richard Kollmar) go over evidence in Farraday's office.

Ziv Billboard broadside for Boston Blackie from April 14 1947
Ziv Billboard broadside for Boston Blackie from April 14 1947

Indiana's Champagne Velvet Beer sponsored much of the Ziv syndicated run of Boston Blackie
Indiana's Champagne Velvet Beer sponsored much of the Ziv syndicated run of Boston Blackie

Composer and Organist Lew White composed the Boston Blackie theme
Composer and Organist Lew White composed the Boston Blackie theme

Background

The Boston Blackie franchise began with author Jack Boyle's first story about his modern Robin Hood-like character, Horatio Black, known to friend and foe as "Boston Blackie." A former safe-cracker and confidence man, Blackie eventually reformed and became "an enemy to those who make him an enemy, a friend to those who have no friend." First printed in The American Magazine in 1914, Boyle's character also appeared in Red Book and Cosmopolitan magazines prior to 1920.

Boyle's Blackie first came to the big screen in a series of silent features between 1919 and 1927. Boston Blackie languished for another fourteen years until Columbia launched a highly successful series of 'B' features in 1941, starring Chester Morris as Boston Blackie. Morris went on to star in a total of fourteen Boston Blackie features between 1941 and 1949:

  • Meet Boston Blackie (1941)
  • Confessions of Boston Blackie (1941)
  • Alias Boston Blackie (1942)
  • Boston Blackie Goes Hollywood (1942)
  • After Midnight with Boston Blackie (1943)
  • The Chance of a Lifetime (1943)
  • One Mysterious Night (1944)
  • Boston Blackie Booked on Suspicion (1945)
  • Boston Blackie's Rendezvous (1945)
  • A Close Call for Boston Blackie (1946)
  • The Phantom Thief (1946)
  • Boston Blackie and the Law (1946)
  • Trapped by Boston Blackie (1948)
  • Boston Blackie's Chinese Venture (1949)

The franchise expanded to feature Dick Lane in recurring appearances as Inspector Farraday, George E. Stone as 'Runt', Blackie's chauffer - accomplice - valet and all around 'fixer,' and Lloyd Corrigan as Blackie's benefactor, Arthur Manleder. Boston Blackie's world was filled with combination of Runyonesque characters and society matrons and benefactors, in about equal measure.

The growing success of the franchise prompted NBC-Red keystation WEAF to air a series of thirteen Radio episodes of Boston Blackie as a summer replacement for their Rinso-sponsored Amos 'n' Andy franchise. Chester Morris also starred in this first Radio series of Boston Blackie, bringing Dick Lane with him as Inspector Farraday, Blackie's nemesis with the local constabulary. Though NBC didn't extend the series beyond the Summer of 1944, the series eventually made its way back onto the airwaves in the Spring of 1945, beginning a run of almost six more years over Radio.

Chester Morris' portrayal of Boston Blackie was understandably the most fully formed of the Radio portrayals. Morris' Film commitments foreclosed any possibility of continuing his portrayal of Blackie beyond the Summer of 1944. During the ensuing year, Morris and Columbia cranked out another two Blackie features--just in time to fuel a return bid to Radio. The films were so popular by the mid-1940s that they were being screened and re-screened throughout North America until the mid-1950s. Riding the crest of the popularity of the character, the Radio rendition of Boston Blackie passed from Mutual to the Blue Network, back to Mutual and ultimately aired over CBS before the Radio franchise ran its course.

Frederick Ziv was instrumental in perpetuating the Boston Blackie franchise into the mid-1950s. He syndicated the Radio franchise from 1945 through 1951, then spun off the character into syndication over Television.

Broadcasting Magazine broadside for Ziv's Boston Blackie franchises over both Radio and Television
1951 Broadcasting Magazine broadside for Ziv's Boston Blackie franchises over both Radio and Television

It goes without saying that once Frederick Ziv took over the production, the success of the franchise was virtually assured--even over networks like Mutual and ABC's Blue Network. Ziv handled most of the promotion for the syndication. The networks themselves rarely promoted the series in the print media of the era. The Blue Network was still taking baby steps on its way to become the American Broadcasting Company and Mutual rarely ever promoted their cash cows in the newspapers of the era.

Boston Blackie production, themes and details

Blackie's specialty was fine jewelry. As was often pointed out in books and films, Boston Blackie was a self-taught world expert in fine gems. As such, the overwhelming majority of the scripts revolve around valuable jewelry or gems of one sort or another. The series' are also littered with murders of one type or another. Another Blackie specialty was being suspected of murder, jewelry thefts, and shakedowns. This, in spite of an extraordinary record of success breaking most such cases for New York's finest. But as unlikely as it should have been, Inspector Farraday continued to suspect or accuse Blackie of most of New York's most notorious crimes--for almost six years.

The format for the NBC Chester Morris run was typical network fare: teaser, commercial announcement, story, commercial close, program close. The Ziv syndicated series evolved slightly over its run. Richard Kollmar portrayed Boston Blackie for all of the Ziv syndicated programs. The earlier recordings went right into the script, provided little in the way of exposition, and left room for sponsors' messages. After the first year of syndication, the announcers played more of a part in the exposition after sponsor breaks. After the Ziv-syndicated series returned to Mutual in 1947, the recordings also teased some of the plot--either a prologue to the story, a snippet from a key element of the script or, at the end, a teaser of the episode to come next.

An oft featured plot of many of the Richard Kollmar run of Ziv scripts finds no less than five separate prison escapees breaking out for the express purpose of killing Boston Blackie. In one instance an entire gang breaks out for that purpose. Frame-ups are also prominently featured. Blackie himself is framed for at least thirteen murders or thefts in the course of the Ziv run. Arsons, confidence scams, and mortal family feuds are also repeated in about equal measure.

Our most prized recordings are those with the sponsor spots intact. The predominant sponsors in circulation for the Ziv run are Beneficial Finance, R and H Beer, and Champagne Velvet Beer--the 'Smeeeeoooth Beer.' The other recordings of note within the Ziv canon are those containing 'celebrity' guest spots, such as Jack Lescoulie, Guy Lombardo, and Dorothy Kilgallen (real life wife of Richard Kollmar). Earl Wilson was apparently also featured in a Boston Blackie episode from December 1949.

The cast of the Chester Morris run comprised some of the West Coast's finest voice actors. When Ziv syndicated the series in 1945 it would appear that it was produced and recorded on the East Coast as most of the voice talent employed throughout the Ziv run were predominately New York and Connecticut performers--perhaps in an effort to better accomodate Richard Kollmar.

Series Derivatives:

None
Genre: Anthology of Golden Age Radio Crime Dramas
Network(s): NBC-Red [WEAF]; Mutual; Blue Network; CBS; NBC [WSYR]
Audition Date(s) and Title(s): Unknown
Premiere Date(s) and Title(s): Chester Morris Run: 44-06-23 01 The Jonathan Diamond
Ziv Run: 45-04-11 01
Title Unknown
Run Dates(s)/ Time(s): Chester Morris Run: 44-06-23 to 44-09-15; NBC-Red [WEAF]; Thirteen, 30-minute programs; Fridays, 10 p.m.

Ziv Run: 45-04-11 to 50-10-18; MBS, The Blue Network; Two Hundred Eighty-eight, 30-minute programs;

CBS [KNX] Run: 49-09-11 to 50-09-03; CBS [KNX]; Fifty-two, 30-minute rebroadcasts; Sundays, 3:30 p.m.
Syndication: Frederick Ziv
Sponsors: Rinso and Lifebuoy Soap [NBC run]; Falls City Beer, Carolina Power and Light, Tidewater Oil, R & H Beer, Champagne Velvet Beer Of Indiana, Beneficial Finance [Ziv]; Hotpoint, W.A. Case and Son [NBC - WSYR]; Lucerna Milk [CBS]
Director(s): Jeanne Harrison
Principal Actors: Chester Morris, Richard Lane, Dick Ryan, Shirley Mitchell, Ralph Moody, Tony Barrett, Bea Benadaret, Richard Kollmar, Frank Lovejoy, Jackson Beck, Maurice Tarplin, Jan Miner, Clem McCarthy, Lesley Woods, Mel Blanc, Bill Slater, Parker Fennelly, Jack Lescoulie, Guy Lombardo, John Gibson, Harry Conover, Dorothy Kilgallen, Earl Wilson, Herb Butterfield
Recurring Character(s): Horatio "Boston Blackie" Black [Chester Morris and Richard Kollmar]; Mary Wesley [Jan Miner and Leslie Woods]; Inspector Farraday [Dick Lane, Maurice Tarplin (as Maurice Kipler) and Frank Orth] ; Shorty [Tony Barrett and John Gibson]; Arthur Manletter; Charlie Kingston; Sgt. Rollins
Protagonist(s): None
Author(s): None
Writer(s) Chester Morris Run:
Ziv Run: Kenny Lyons and Ralph Rosenberg
Music Direction: Charles Cornell [Organ], Hank Sylvern
Musical Theme(s): "The Boston Blackie Theme" by Lew White
Announcer(s): Chester Morris Run: Harlow Wilcox, Ray Barrett
Ziv Run: Larry Elliott
Estimated Scripts or
Broadcasts:
Chester Morris Run: 13
Ziv Run: 288
Episodes in Circulation: Chester Morris Run: 7
Ziv Run: 190
Total Episodes in Collection: Chester Morris Run: 7
Ziv Run: 190
Provenances:

Boston Blackie shifts from Monday to Thursday from 1945
Boston Blackie shifts from Monday to Thursday from 1945

RadioGOLDINdex, Ultimate Boston Blackie Log, Hickerson Guide.

Notes on Provenances:

The most helpful provenances were the log of the radioGOLDINdex and newspaper listings.

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OTRisms:

Certain sources assert that the papers of the writing team of Milton and Barbara Merlin cite the title "06/30/44-02 THE MANLETTER BANK CASE" among their papers. This would seem highly implausible for a writing team so steeped in the history of the Boston Blackie franchise. The fictional Arthur Manleder is Horatio "Boston Blackie" Black's benefactor in many of the Boston Blackie feature films. To complicate matters, Arthur Manleder's neice, Alice, is also featured in the Chester Morris canon of the first thirteen Boston Blackie's to air over Radio. Either the Merlins made a typo, or whoever transcribed their notes made a typo. In our own, clearer, first generation recordings of Episode No. 2, it's quite clear that the name is Manleder rather than Manletter. Most of the other characters (with the exception of 'Runt') transitioned from the films to the Radio programs. By Episode No. 7, the surname Manletter is heard, the neice of Arthur Manleder. Both characters are quite similar with their Film characters.

In the Radio rendition of Boston Blackie, Charlie Kingston assumed the role of Blackie's benefactor, much like Lloyd Corrigan's Arthur Manleder had in the films. George E. Stone's 'Runt' character is assumed by Tony Barrett as 'Shorty', followed by John Gibson in the Ziv run.

The same sources cite the title of Episode No. 6 as "THE DAVON CARETAKER," again a highly implausible title from the writers for the series. In our own first generation transcription of Episode No. 6, the estate referred to is quite clearly the Devon Estate. Either the script was changed before it was recorded or the script notes were inaccurately transcribed.

Nor is there any fathomable justification, however tortured, to continue the Episode numbering from the Chester Morris canon on through the Ziv canon--for several practical [and quite obvious] reasons:

  • The Chester Morris canon aired over NBC-Red, the Ziv canon over vitually every other network of the era but NBC.
  • The Chester Morris canon was NBC-originated. The Richard Kollmar canon was a ZIV-transcribed syndication.
  • The two runs aired almost a year apart
  • The Chester Morris canon was produced and recorded in Hollywood. The Ziv-syndicated canon was produced and recorded in New York.
  • The writers were different
  • The format was completely different for the ZIV canon.

It's simply disingenuous to lump all Boston Blackie exemplars into the same, continguous run. The two runs are as different as night and day. The only uniting element is the title of the franchise, Q.E.D. Indeed, Frederick Ziv himself would have unquestionably taken exception to having his syndicated production conflated with the NBC-originating run. Should you be forced to inaccurately number your collection for the convenience of lazy, sloppy commercial otr dealers? We don't think so. Even more to the point: why would anyone continue to patronize an otr dealer that doesn't care about accuracy?

While the collecting community is forced to contend with the OTR's slavish--and self-serving--devotion to the wildly inaccurate commercial otr sources that they endorse for a consideration, the practice doesn't further accuracy in the hobby. It's both a disservice to the greater vintage collecting community, as much a disservice to the memory and history of these great Golden Age Radio recordings and the brilliant artists and technicians who created them. We regret the inconvenience it would be to ask the thousands of inaccurate commerical otr sellers to renumber and correct their various collections, but the fact that they steadfastly refuse to, speaks more to their profit motive than to their concern for an accurate product, or as the OTRR refers to them--'materials.'

With most things in the idiosyncratic world of 'otr', historical accuracy ironically takes a back seat to commerical expediency--a regrettable disservice to vintage Radio preservation.

While virtually everyone collects Boston Blackie, precious few actually listen to the canon. We have, and we've listened to all of the circulating exemplars in preparing our log. The overwhelming majority of the titles anecdotally assigned to episodes employed the 'two-minute' rule--the method employed by virtually all commercial otr dealers and large collecting groups. Had anyone actually listened to all of the canon, they'd have arrived at far different titles. We've corrected the most misleading titles in our updated log.

An example of the above, Episode No. 89, The Harry Perkins Murder, has for years been mistitled, The Derailed Gold Train. No train was derailed anywhere in the script. That would be the most glaring shortcoming of the title. But indeed, it's Harry Perkins' murder that's the focus of the epsiode.

RE: 'Cases.' 'Cases' are generally referred to in either police dramas or detective dramas. Boston Blackie wasn't a detective--neither a 'gentleman detective' or by profession. He didn't keep track of his activities as 'cases.' The only 'cases' appropriate in a title would therefore be a Police case that Blackie might be working on either for Inspector Farraday or independently. The distinction is important in this canon, as Boston Blackie is a markedly different crime or detective genre character than almost all other characters of the era.

Sadly, as always, the overwhelming majority of otr dealers don't care to listen to the vast majority of what they sell. For that matter, the largest otr groups rarely ever listen to what they accumulate, hence the inaccurate logs and plaigerized research. Commercial otr dealers and book vendors care about one thing and one thing only--moving inventory as fast and profitably as possible. Anyone foolish enough to consult a commercial otr dealer or 'otr' author for titles, dates, or episode sequence deserves what they do to their collection. It's that simple. You cannot collect, log, or expand a quality vintage radio collection without actually listening to the recordings. Period.

In the process of logging Boston Blackie we encoded nineteen of our own first generation transcriptions to update the circulating recordings.

There are two other titles known, but as yet unaccounted for. One is in circulation and one is teased by the circulating recording:

  • 4x-xx-xx xxx John Davis is Murdered . . . Twice
  • 4x-xx-xx xxx The John Sawyer Murder Trial

Dating the two above titles can only be approximated as of this cataloging effort. Neither title should be from the 1945 or 1946 runs. The Ziv runs began teasing the following episodes after the series moved back to the Mutual Network on May 7, 1947. The two above titles would therefore likely have aired after Boston Blackie returned to Mutual, dating them between May 1947 and October 1950. Extending the working hypothesis further, it would seem likely that the above two episodes appeared after May 5, 1948, since every other intervening block of two episodes can be accounted for. We're therefore inclined to date the above two episodes between May 1948 and October 1950.

OTR Errors Site errors. Apart from the aforementioned inaccurate episode numbers, the site misses the mark in a few instances:

  • Both The Murdock Gang Gang Strikes and The Murdock Gang Strikes should be Episode No. 137, Blackie Breaks Up The Murdoch Gang
  • Ep112 Larry The Kid vs Savinni should be 'The Kid' vs Savini or more correctly, The Fight-fixing Ring
  • 173 Jackie Meers Prison Break should be 160, The Bolo Gang Prison Break. There is no character named "Meers" anywhere in either Boston Blackie canon. Nor did Jackie Meyer break out of prison alone. He broke out with other members of the Bolo Gang, hence, The Bolo Gang Prison Break.
  • 47/10/29 146 Framed By a Film should be 47-10-29 133 Blackie Framed On Film. It wasn't a single motion picture film that framed him. It was several bits of film according to the spoken script. Indeed, the announcer reiterates that Farraday "thinks the films are faked."

The OTR Errors Site also omits mentioning the myriad other errors in the OTRR distribution. This is understandable, since the author of the OTR Errors Site is cited as responsible for the title and dating accuracy of the still error-plagued OTRR distributions of Boston Blackie.


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The Boston Blackie Radio Program Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
44-06-23
1
The Jonathan Diamond
The Rockwell Diamond
Y
[ Replaces Amos 'n' Andy spot in lineup ]

44-06-19 Charleston Daily Mail - Replacements this week
on WGKV, for the summer--Chet Morris as Boston Blackie, Friday, 10 p.m.

44-06-23 Clearfield Progress
On the air tonight (Friday) NBC--10
Chester Morris as Boston Blackie, new series.

44-06-23 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Boston Blackie (WIBA)
new series, with Chester Morris, Richard Lane, Dick Ryan.
44-06-30
2
50 Hunter Street
The Manletter Bank Case
Y
44-06-30 Lowell Sun
BOSTON BLACKIE sketch, starring Chester Morris; WHZ, 10.
44-07-07
3
The Canteen Fund Mystery
N
44-07-07 Lima News
When funds raised at a charity ball are mysteriously stolen, and Shorty is found unconscious beside the jimmied safe, Boston Blackie, the modern Robin Hood with the light-fingered ways, is the chief suspect on Inspector Faraday's list during the "Boston Blackie" adventure for Friday (WEAF, 10 p.m., EWT).
44-07-14
4
The Star of the Nile
Y
44-07-14 Wisconsin State Journal
9:00 NBC Boston Blackie
44-07-21
5
'Black Market' Blackie
Black Market Meat Ring
Y
44-07-21 Wisconsin State Journal - 9 p.m.--Boston Blackie (WIBA): has an adventure with black marketeers.
44-07-28
6
The Caretaker of The Devon Estate
The Davon Caretaker
Y
44-07-28 Wisconsin State Journal
9:00 NBC Boston Blackie
44-08-04
7
Alice Manletter, Dead or Alive
Y
44-08-04 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Boston Blackie (WIBA): drama starring Chester Morris.

Features
Bea Benaderet (doubling)
44-08-11
8
The Missing String of Pearls
Old Lady Forced To Steal
Y
44-08-11 Wisconsin State Journal
9:00 NBC Boston Blackie
44-08-18
9
The Uninvited Corpse
N
44-08-18 Wisconsin State Journal
9:00 NBC Boston Blackie
44-08-25
10
The Counterfeit Gas Coupon Ring
N
44-08-25 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Boston Blackie (WIBA):
counterfeit gas coupons put Boston Blackie on the trail of a band of criminals.
44-09-01
11
Title Unknown
N
44-09-01 Wisconsin State Journal
9:00 NBC Boston Blackie
44-09-08
12
Title Unknown
N
44-09-08 Wisconsin State Journal
9:00 NBC Boston Blackie
44-09-15
13
Title Unknown
N
44-09-15 Wisconsin State Journal
9:00 NBC Boston Blackie





45-04-11
1
Title Unknown
N
[Premiere of Ziv run over MBS]

45-04-11 New York Times
10:00--WOR--Boston Backie--Play.
With Richard Kolimar, Maurice Tarplin, Leslie Woods (Premiere)
45-04-18
2
Title Unknown
N
45-04-18 New York Times
10:00--WOR--Boston Backie--Play. With Richard Kolimar, Maurice Tarplin,
Leslie Woods
45-04-25
3
The Wentworth Diamonds
Y
45-04-25 New York Times
10-10:30--Play: "Boston Blackie," Richard Kollmar--WOR.
45-05-02
4
The John Walters Murder
Y
45-05-02 New York Times
10-10:30-Play: "Boston Blackie," Richard Kollmar, Maurice
Tarplin,
Leslie Woods--WOR.
45-05-09
5
Blackie Covers for Mary
Y
45-05-09 New York Times
10-10:30-Play: "Boston Blackie," Richard Kollmar, Maurice
Tarplin,
Leslie Woods--WOR.
45-05-16
6
Bill Blaine's Legacy
Y
45-05-16 New York Times
10-10:30-Play: "Boston Blackie," Richard Kollmar--WOR.
45-05-23
7
Title Unknown
N
45-05-22 Wisconsin State Journal
Walter Winchell
WITH LOVE AND KIXXXXX!:
Jeannie Harrison's big-time direction of "Boston Blackie" via the Mutual Network . . .

45-05-23 New York Times
10-10:30-Play: "Boston Blackie," Richard Kollmar--WOR.
45-05-30
8
Title Unknown
N
45-05-30 New York Times
10:00--WOR--Boston Backie--Play. With Richard Kolimar, Maurice Tarplin, Leslie Woods





45-06-04
45-06-06
9
Mrs. Boston Blackie
Y
[Moves to Mondays]

45-06-04 New York Times
8:30-9--Boston Blackle, Play, with Richard Kollmar and Maurice
Tarplin--WOR (
Premiere).

45-06-06 New York Times
10-10:30-Human Adventure--WOR.

45-06-06 Chicago Tribune
9:00-W-G-N--Human Adventure.
45-06-11
10
Oscar Wolfe, Troublemaker
Y
45-06-11 New York Times
8:30-9--Boston Blackle, Play, with Richard Kollmar

Features
Frank Lovejoy
45-06-18
11
Sam Bellows Is Dead
Y
45-06-18 New York Times
8:30-9--Boston Blackle, Play, with Richard Kollmar
45-06-25
12
The Pete Wilson Murder
The Larry Brown Case
Y
45-06-25 New York Times
8:30-9--Boston Blackle, Play, with Richard Kollmar

Features
Frank Lovejoy
45-07-02
13
Blackie Jilts Mary
Y
45-07-02 New York Times
8:30-9--Boston Blackle, Play, with Richard Kollmar
45-07-09
14
The Worthington Pearls
Y
45-07-09 New York Times
8:30-9--Boston Blackle, Play, with Richard Kollmar
45-07-16
15
Blackie's Car Kills a Woman
Y
45-07-16 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackle, With Richard Kollmar and Maurice Tarplin
45-07-23
16
The Case of the Three-Way Split
Y
45-07-23 New York Times
8:30-9--Boston Blackle, Play, with Richard Kollmar
45-07-30
17
Mary Is All At Sea
Y
45-07-30 New York Times
8:30-9--Boston Blackle, Play, with Richard Kollmar
45-08-06
18
The Hypnotic Murder
Y
45-08-06 New York Times
8:30-9--Boston Blackle, Play, with Richard Kollmar
45-08-13
19
The Evelyn Jones Murder
Y
45-08-13 New York Times
8:30-9--Boston Blackle, Play, with Richard Kollmar
45-08-20
20
Blackie Steals A Necklace for Charity
Y
45-08-20 New York Times
8:30-9--Boston Blackle, Play, with Richard Kollmar
45-08-27
21
Title Unknown
N
45-08-27 New York Times
8:30-9--Boston Blackle, Play, with Richard Kollmar

45-09-03
--
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45-09-03 New York Times
8:30-9--Sherlock Holmes Adventures: "The Limping Ghost,"
With Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce--WOR (Premiere).





45-09-06
45-09-08
22
Title Unknown

Boston Blackie shifts from Monday to Thursday from 1945
Boston Blackie shifts from Monday to Thursday from 1945

N
[Moves to Thursdays]

45-09-01 Billboard
NEW YORK, Aug. 27--Boston Blackie, WOR mystery seg,
shifts its broadcast day September 6, moving from Monday at 8:30 to Thursday at 8:30. Show, a Ziv package, is sponsored by R&H Beer via Paris & Peart Agency. Dick Kollmar and Leslie Woods lead the cast.

45-09-06 New York Times
8: 30-WOR--Boston Blackie--Play, With Richard Kollmar

45-09-07 Wisconsin State Journal - Saturday 5 p.m.--Boston Blackie (WMAQ): new series of mystery dramas featuring Richard Kollmar in title role.
45-09-13
23
Bill Crane, Attorney
Y
45-09-13 New York Times
8: 30-WOR--Boston Blackie--Play, With Richard Kollmar
45-09-20
24
Blood On Blackie's Sleeve
Y
45-09-20 New York Times
8: 30-WOR--Boston Blackie--Play, With Richard Kollmar
45-09-27
--
--
--
[Replaced by Rogue's Gallery]

45-09-27 New York Times
8:30-9--Drama: "Murder in the House," With Dick Powell--WOR (Premiere).





45-10-04
25
Charlie Kingston Is Unlucky At Cards
Y
[Moves to Blue Network's WJZ at 7:30 p.m.]

45-10-04 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Richard Kollmar
45-10-11
26
The Imitation Diamond Bracelet
Y
45-10-11 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Richard Kollmar
45-10-18
27
The Murdered Boxer
Y
45-10-18 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Richard Kollmar

Features
Jackson Beck
45-10-25
28
The Richards Murder
Y
45-10-25 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Richard Kollmar
45-11-01
29
Mary Vanishes
Y
45-11-01 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Richard Kollmar
45-11-08
30
The Amnesia Victim
Y
45-11-08 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Richard Kollmar
45-11-15
31
Murder in the Music Room
Y
45-11-15 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Richard Kollmar
45-11-22
32
Blackie Is Kidnapped
Y
45-11-22 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Richard Kollmar
45-11-29
33
The Simmons Construction Murder
Y
45-11-29 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Richard Kollmar

Features
Jackson Beck
45-12-06
34
Robert Atkins, Jewel Thief
Y
45-12-06 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Richard Kollmar

Features
Frank Lovejoy
45-12-13
35
Murder At the Movies
Y
45-12-13 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Richard Kollmar and Maurice Tarplin
45-12-20
36
The Television Roundtable Murder
Y
45-12-20 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Richard Kollmar and Maurice Tarplin
45-12-27
37
The Masters Diamond
Y
45-12-27 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Richard Kollmar and Maurice Tarplin
46-01-03
38
The Murdered Sword Swallower
Y
46-01-03 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Richard Kollmar





46-01-08
39
Mike Harlan Escapes from Prison
N
[Moves to Tuesdays]

46-01-08 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Dick Kollmar and Maurice Tarplin
46-01-15
40
The Lost Woman
N
46-01-15 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Dick Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin
46-01-22
41
The Disappearing Body
Y
46-01-22 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Dick Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin
46-01-29
42
The Williams Inheritance
Y
46-01-29 New York Times
7:30-8--Play: Boston Blackie, With Dick Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin, Others-WJZ.
46-02-05
43
The Brandon Murder
Y
46-02-05 New York Times
7:30-8--Play: Boston Blackie, With Dick Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin, Others-WJZ.
46-02-12
44
The Condon Ransom
The Congdon Ransom
Y
46-02-12 New York Times
7:30-8--Play: Boston Blackie, With Dick Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin, Others-WJZ.
46-02-19
45
The Benson Murder
Y
46-02-19 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Dick Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin
46-02-26
46
The Auctioned Vase Murder
Y
46-02-26 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Dick Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin
46-03-05
47
The Thomas Evers Murder
Tom Everett - Murder with An Alibi
Y
46-03-05 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Dick Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin
46-03-12
48
The Li Chow Murder
The Lin Chow Murder
Y
46-03-12 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Dick Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin
46-03-19
49
The Worthington Ghost Murder
Y
46-03-19 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Dick Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin
46-03-26
50
Pierre The Designer
Y
46-03-26 New York Times
7:30-8--Play: "Boston Blackie," With Dick Kollmar--WJZ.
46-04-02
51
Murder On the Flying Trapeze
Y
46-04-02 New York Times
7:30-8--Play: "Boston Blackie," With Dick Kollmar--WJZ.
46-04-09
52
Murder On 111 Cedar Street
Y
46-04-09 New York Times
7:30-8--Play: "Boston Blackie," With Dick Kollmar--WJZ.
46-04-16
53
The Baseball Player Murder
Y
46-04-16 New York Times
7:30-8--Play: "Boston Blackie," With Dick Kollmar--WJZ.

Features
Clem McCarthy
46-04-23
54
The Stolen Car Ring
Y
46-04-23 New York Times
7:30-8--Play: "Boston Blackie," With Dick Kollmar--WJZ.
46-04-30
55
The Frances Fielding Murder
Y
46-04-30 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Dick Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin
46-05-07
56
The Winthrop Jewelry Company Thefts
Y
46-05-07 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Dick Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin
46-05-14
57
The Merry-Go-Round Murder
Y
46-05-14 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Dick Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin

46-05-13 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Boston Blackie (WGN):
is witness to a murder at a television broadcast.
46-05-21
58
The Paul Blaine Murder
Y
46-05-21 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Dick Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin
46-05-28
59
Mike Harlan Escapes from Prison
Y
[Same plot as 46-01-08; possible rebroadcast]

46-05-27 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Boston Blackie (WGN):
has fun at a carnival until he finds a murder.

46-05-28 New York Times
7:90-8--Play: Boston Blackie, With Richard Kollmar--WJZ.
46-06-04
60
The Old Man Graham Murder
Y
46-06-04 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Dick Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin
46-06-11
61
The Case of The Disappearing Plane
Y
46-06-11 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Dick Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin
46-06-18
62
The Masked Gang Protection Racket
Y
46-06-18 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Dick Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin
46-06-25
63
The Joe Garland Murder
Y
46-06-25 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Dick Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin
46-07-02
64
The Uncle Frank Wilson Murder
Y
46-07-02 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Dick Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin
46-07-09
65
The Skating Rink Murders
Y
46-07-09 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Dick Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin
46-07-16
66
The Green Line Trucking Murder
Y
46-07-16 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Dick Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin
46-07-23
67
The Murdering Cuckoo Clock
The Murdering Coo-Coo Clock
Y
46-07-23 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Dick Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin
46-07-30
68
Murder Aboard The Swan
Y
46-07-30 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Dick Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin
46-08-06
69
The Witness-Tampering Murders
Y
46-08-06 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Dick Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin
46-08-13
70
The Smuggled Diamonds Murder
Y
46-08-13 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Dick Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin
46-08-20
71
The Arson Triangle Murder
Y
46-08-20 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Dick Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin
46-08-27
72
The Rockwell Diamond
Y
[Much the same script as The Jonathon Diamond from the NBC Chester Morris run]

46-08-27 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Dick Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin
46-09-03
73
The Stolen Radway's Faust
Y
46-09-03 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Dick Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin
46-09-10
74
The Backstage Murder
Y
46-09-10 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Dick Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin
46-09-17
75
The Apartment Swindle Racket
Y
46-09-17 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Dick Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin
46-09-24
76
The Abbott Painting Frame
Y
46-09-24 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Dick Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin
46-10-01
77
The Undersea Murder
Y
46-10-01 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Dick Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin
46-10-08
78
The Kennel Club Murder
Y
46-10-08 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Dick Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin
46-10-15
79
Hazel Henry's Rodeo Murder
Y
46-10-15 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Dick Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin
46-10-22
80
Inspector Farraday Gunned Down
Y
46-10-22 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Dick Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin
46-10-29
81
The Granny's Witchcraft Murder
Y
46-10-29 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Dick Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin
46-11-05
82
Joe Harvey Gets the Wrong Face
Y
46-11-05 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Dick Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin
46-11-12
83
The Frank Burton Suicide
Y
46-11-12 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Dick Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin
46-11-19
84
Mary Steals A Stolen Diamond Necklace
Y
46-11-19 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Dick Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin
46-11-26
85
The Lenny Powell Murder
Y
46-11-26 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Dick Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin
46-12-03
86
Blackie Jailed for $100,000 Diamond Theft
Y
46-12-03 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Dick Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin
46-12-10
87
Mary's Patient Commits Suicide
Y
46-12-10 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Dick Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin
46-12-17
88
Blackie's Framed By An Impersonator
Police Impersonator
Y
46-12-17 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Dick Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin
46-12-24
89
The Harry Perkins Murder
The Derailed Gold Train
Y
46-12-24 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Dick Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin
46-12-31
90
The Carl Browning Murder
Y
46-12-31 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Dick Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin

Features
Ted De Corsia
47-01-07
91
The Candy Store Murders
Jack Small Alias Bill Bigelow
Y
47-01-07 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Dick Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin
47-01-14
92
Blackie's Framed for Fur Thefts
Y
47-01-14 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Dick Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin

Features
Frank Lovejoy
47-01-21
93
The Copycat Firebug
The Search for Jim Gary
Y
47-01-21 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Dick Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin
47-01-28
94
The Willibrand Diamonds
Y
47-01-28 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Dick Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin
47-02-04
95
The Walter Peters Murder Mix-Up
Y
47-02-04 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Dick Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin

47-02-04 Portsmouth Times
"Boston Blackie" is called on to disguise himself as a French jewel fence in order to recover a cache of stolen gems during his broadcast tonight at 7:30 (ABC).
Blackie calls on his friend Inspector Farraday for help and only finally reach the point at, when the crooks are caught, that no one has the loot--not Blackie, not Farraday and not the thieves. How they're found provides an exciting and unexpected finish to the broadcast.
47-02-11
96
The Duke Collins Murder
Y
[Richard Kollmar sings]

47-02-11 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Dick Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin

Features
Mel Blanc.
47-02-18
97
The Florence Wells Murder
7 Years Bad Luck for Florence Wells
Y
47-02-18 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Dick Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin
47-02-25
98
The Joe Barton Murder
Joe Delivers the Goods
Y
47-02-25 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Dick Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin
47-03-04
99
The Fight-Fixing Ring
Larry the Kid vs Savinni
Y
47-03-04 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Dick Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin
47-03-11
100
The Joe Easton Car Theft Ring
The 10th Street Gym and the Stolen Car Ring
Y
47-03-11 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Dick Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin

47-03-11 Portsmouth Times
Fresh from the headlines, a tale about a prize figher to throw a fight will be dramatized on the broadcast of "Boston Blackie" tonight at 7:30 p.m.
Blackie, called in by the fighter after he refuses the bribe, arranges a second meeting between the fighter and the fixer with the police as unseen witnesses. Before the gamber and his accomplices are brought to justice, a series of exciting scuffles occor, making a tense, action packed half-honor of entertainment.
47-03-18
101
The 'Sam Fisher' Murder
Sam Fisher's Past
Y
47-03-18 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Dick Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin

47-03-18 Portsmouth Times
Aided by the knowledge that an ex-convict and gangster who has received much newspaper notoriety has become a hero to a large group of youngsters, "Boston Blackie" decides to get evidence on the hoodlum and retrun him to jail during his broadcast tonite at 7:30 (ABC).

When "Blackie" learns that an elevator operator, unable to pay money borrowed from a loan shark, has been slugged he starts he starts to build a case with nothing but a hunch that the gangster is the slugger.
47-03-25
102
Blackie Framed for Horse Room Thefts
Y
47-03-25 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Dick Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin

47-03-25 Portsmouth Times
A weathly and prominent man who once had an illness which brought on a spell of amnesia that lasted 10 veals, learns something that happened during his blank period, a discovery that engages the attention of "Boston Blackie", when the latter's broadcast is heard tonight at 7:30 (ABC)
47-04-01
103
The Cy Gardner Murder
The Bus to Valley Junction
Y
47-04-01 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Dick Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin
47-04-08
104
The Aggie Rogers Murder
Y
47-04-08 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Dick Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin
47-04-15
105
The Phonograph Record Murder
Y
47-04-15 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Dick Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin
47-04-22
106
The Millicent Bromley Ransom
Y
[Boston Blackie does not make an appearance]

47-04-22 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Dick Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin
47-04-29
107
Slammin' Sammy Saunders
Baseball and Gambling
Y
47-04-29 New York Times
7: 30-WJZ--Boston Blackie--Play, With Dick Kollmar, Maurice Tarplin





47-05-07
108
The Hilda Peterson Murder
Y
[The Green Hornet takes Boston Blackie's timeslot; Boston Blackie moves Back to Mutual, Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. ]

47-05-07 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie, With Richard Kollmar
47-05-14
109
The Joe Adams Drowning Murder
Y
47-05-14 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie, With Richard Kollmar
47-05-21
110
Blackie Breaks Into Langley Penitentiary
Y
47-05-21 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie, With Richard Kollmar
47-05-28
111
The Ghost of Florence Newton
Y
47-05-28 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie, With Richard Kollmar
47-06-04
112
The Stalking Killer
Eva Cronin Is Stalked
Y
47-06-04 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie, With Richard Kollmar
47-06-11
113
Blackie's Framed for Killing A Watchman
Y
47-06-11 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie, With Richard Kollmar
47-06-18
114
The Donald Carver Frame-Up
Crooked Carter Brother
Y
47-06-18 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie, With Richard Kollmar
47-06-25
115
The Joe Nelson Murder
Y
[Poor recording]

47-06-25 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie, With Richard Kollmar
47-07-02
116
Johnny 'Cash' Burns' Imported Wool
Y
47-07-02 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie, With Richard Kollmar
47-07-09
117
The Harmonica Man Murder
Y
47-07-09 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie, With Richard Kollmar
47-07-16
118
The Construction Gang Bank Robbery
The Randolph Construction Gang Bank Robbery
Y
[Poor recording]

47-07-16 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie, With Richard Kollmar
47-07-23
119
Boston Blackie In Wax
Y
47-07-23 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie, With Richard Kollmar
47-07-30
120
Mayor Bob Rogers Assassinated
Poetry in My Soul
Y
47-07-30 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie, With Richard Kollmar
47-08-06
121
The Butcher Mob
Y
47-08-06 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie, With Richard Kollmar
47-08-13
122
The Sally Lang Murder
Burning His House Behind Him
Y
47-08-13 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie, With Richard Kollmar
47-08-20
123
The John Austin Murder
Y
47-08-20 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie, With Richard Kollmar
47-08-27
124
The Buckley Shakedown Racket
Y
47-08-27 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie, With Richard Kollmar
47-09-03
125
The 50 Dollar Shoeshine Murder
Y
47-09-03 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
47-09-10
126
The Ghost of Rocky Island Lighthouse
Y
47-09-10 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
47-09-17
127
The Car Bomb Murder
Y
47-09-17 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
47-09-24
128
The 'Old Eighty-Six' Vanishes
Y
47-09-24 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
47-10-01
129
Jim Wells' Death Wish
Y
47-10-01 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
47-10-08
130
Aunt Sarah's Murder
Y
47-10-08 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
47-10-15
131
Joe Crane, Hired Killer
Y
47-10-15 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
47-10-22
132
The Million Dollar Mid-Air Diamond Theft
Y
47-10-22 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
47-10-29
133
Blackie Framed On Film
Y
47-10-29 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
47-11-05
134
The Mysterious Old Shoe
Y
47-11-05 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar

Teases
Murder, Incorporated as next
47-11-12
135
Murder, Incorporated
Y
[Heavily edited recording]

47-11-12 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar

Teases
Armored Car Murder Case as next
47-11-19
136
Armored Car Murder Case
Y
47-11-19 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar

Teases
The Murdoch Gang as next
47-11-26
137
Blackie Breaks Up The Murdoch Gang
Y
47-11-24 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Boston Blackie (WGN): "
Street Drilling."

47-11-26 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
47-12-03
138
The Wrong Henry Williams Is Killed
Y
47-12-01 Chicago Daily Tribune - 9:30-W-G-N-Boston Blackie: Richard Kalmar solves the "Wax Trap."

47-12-03 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
47-12-10
139
Title Unknown
N
47-12-08 Chicago Daily Tribune - 9:30-W-G-N-Boston Blackie: "Who's the Victim?"

47-12-10 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
47-12-17
140
Blackie, Santa Claus and The Stolen Rings
Steal Or Be Killed

Y
[Christmas Program]

47-12-17 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
47-12-24
141
Mary Wesley Vanishes to Protect Blackie
Where Oh Where Has My Mary Gone
Y
47-12-22 Chicago Daily Tribune - 9:30-W-G-N-Boston Blackie: "An Elusive Corpse."

47-12-24 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
47-12-31
142
Pierre L'escale's Door Buzzer
Y
47-12-31 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
48-01-07
143
The Riding Stable Murder
Y
48-01-07 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
48-01-14
144
An Invention Worth Killing For
Y
[Close cut]

48-01-14 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
48-01-21
145
Who Killed 'The Kid'
Y
48-01-21 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
48-01-28
146
The Song Request Thefts
Y
48-01-28 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar

Features
Jack Lescoulie and Guy Lombardo
48-02-04
147
Blackie Loves Helen Carver
Y
48-02-04 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
48-02-11
148
Three 'The Wind Blows West' Murders
Y
48-02-11 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
48-02-18
149
Five Bullets For Don Anderson
Y
48-02-18 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
48-02-25
150
The Twin Midnight Murders
Y
48-02-25 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
48-03-03
151
The Cobb and Vale Trucking Murder
Y
48-03-03 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
48-03-10
152
The Joe Saunders Murder
50,000 Dollars for Blackie
Y
48-03-10 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
48-03-17
153
The William Larson Extortion Murder
Y
48-03-17 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
48-03-24
154
The 'Stretcher' Lewis Manslaughter
Y
48-03-24 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
48-03-31
155
Tom Walton Escapes to Kill Blackie
Y
48-03-31 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
48-04-07
156
Photographer Clyde Winston Murdered
Y
48-04-07 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
48-04-14
157
A Murder At The Circus
Y
48-04-14 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
48-04-21
158
The Junk Cars Insurance Scam Murder
Y
48-04-21 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar

Features
Parker Fennelly
48-04-28
159
The Joe Ingalls Bombing Murder
Y
48-04-28 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
48-05-05
160
The Bolo Gang Prison Break
Jackie Meers Prison Break
Y
[There is no character Jackie Meers in the script]

48-05-05 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
48-05-12
161
Title Unknown
N
48-05-10 Chicago Daily Tribune
9:30-W-G-N-
Boston Blackie traps a jewel thief.

48-05-12 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
48-05-19
162
Title Unknown
N
48-05-19 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
48-05-26
163
Title Unknown
N
48-05-26 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
48-06-02
164
Murder at the Race Track
N
48-06-02 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
48-06-09
165
Title Unknown
N
48-06-09 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
48-06-16
166
Title Unknown
N
48-06-16 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
48-06-23
167
The Harry Walker Killing
Henry Walker Murdered
Y
48-06-23 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
48-06-30
168
The Professor Beasley Murder
Y
48-06-30 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
48-07-07
169
Diamonds Stolen from Blackie and Charlie
Y
48-07-07 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
48-07-14
170
Blackie Framed for John Cummings' Murder
Y
48-07-14 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
48-07-21
171
The Counterfeit Sweepstakes Ticket Racket
Y
48-07-21 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
48-07-28
172
Richard Alistair Disappears In A Vacant Lot
Y
48-07-28 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
48-08-04
173
Blackie Gives A Killer The Perfect Alibi
Alibi Time
Y
48-08-04 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
48-08-11
174
Blackie Tries to Save Bobby Rogers from Execution
Y
48-08-11 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
48-08-18
175
Mrs. Trilling's Maid is Murdered in Her Place
Y
48-08-18 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
48-08-25
176
Tom Robertson Poisons His Wife Over the Phone
Y
48-08-25 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
48-09-01
177
Jeweler John Reynolds Is Murdered
Y
48-09-01 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
48-09-08
178
Charlie Kingston and The Vanishing Office Building
Y
48-09-08 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
48-09-15
179
Title Unknown
N
48-09-15 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
48-09-22
180
Title Unknown
N
48-09-22 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
48-09-29
181
Carl Grady, Golf Instructor
Y
[Poor recording]

48-09-29 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
48-10-06
182
Joe Gatling Murdered Over Marked Money
Y
48-10-06 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar

Teases
Mander and 'Doctor Joe' as next
48-10-13
183
Mander and 'Doctor Joe'
N
48-10-13 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
48-10-20
184
Title Unknown
N
48-10-20 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
48-10-27
185
Title Unknown
N
48-10-27 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
48-11-03
186
Tin Pan Alley
N
48-11-03 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
48-11-10
187
Roof Top Disappearance
N
48-11-10 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
48-11-17
188
Title Unknown
N
48-11-17 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
48-11-24
189
Title Unknown
N
48-11-24 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
48-12-01
190
Title Unknown
N
48-12-01 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
48-12-08
191
The 'Killer Lightning' Murders
Y
48-12-08 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
48-12-15
192
The Too Late Jailbreak
N
48-12-15 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
48-12-22
193
Blackie, Santa Claus and The Stolen Rings

Y
[Christmas Program]

48-12-22 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
48-12-29
194
Title Unknown
N
48-12-29 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
49-01-05
195
Charlie Kingston and The Vanishing 4th Floor
Y
49-01-05 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
49-01-12
196
The Broken Clocks Murder
Y
49-01-12 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar

Features
Dorothy Kilgallen
49-01-19
197
The 'High and Dry' Murder
A Boat Is On Montgomery Street with a Body in It
Y
49-01-19 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
49-01-26
198
The John Frawley Imposter Murder
John Frawley, While in Africa, Reads That He Is Dead
Y
49-01-26 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
49-02-02
199
The Five-Note Murder Clue
Mary Asks Blackie to Get Her Cousin's Song Published
Y
49-02-02 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
49-02-09
200
The Paul Martin Murders
50,000 Dollars in Bonds to Be Divided
Y
49-02-09 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
49-02-16
201
The Fred Palmer Waterfront Racket
Y
49-02-16 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
49-02-23
202
The Phony Rescue Mission Racket
Archie Grant's Club 77
Y
49-02-23 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
49-03-02
203
The Phony Accident Racket
Y
49-03-02 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
49-03-09
204
The Dolly Preston Murder
Y
49-03-09 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
49-03-16
205
Blackie Kidnaps A Murdererer
Y
49-03-16 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
49-03-23
206
The Crooked Charity Ring Murders
Y
49-03-23 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
49-03-30
207
The Amadon Pearls Murder
Y
49-03-30 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
49-04-06
208
The Harry Clark Mob Murders
Duke Bronson Murders Jo Jo Thomas
Y
49-04-06 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
49-04-13
209
The Tiny Philip Murders
Jewelry Store Owner Is Killed for a Watch
Y
49-04-13 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
49-04-20
210
Madame Zina Murdered In A Monkey Costume
Madame Sina, Fortune Teller
Y
49-04-20 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
49-04-27
211
The Construction Contractor Murders
Dynamite Thompson and Jack Morgan, Contractors
Y
49-04-27 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
49-05-04
212
Joe Gates Murdered On Sightseeing Bus
Y
49-05-04 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar

Features
Jane Morgan
49-05-11
213
Nobody At the Door, No Call, No Letter
No-Body At The Door
Y
49-05-11 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
49-05-18
214
The Imperial Oil Stock Racket
Y
49-05-18 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
49-05-25
215
Blackie, Mary, and The Canyon Resort Murders
Y
49-05-25 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
49-06-01
216
Pudgy and the Stolen Car and Tire Racket
Y
49-06-01 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
49-06-08
217
The Ma Vie Perfume Company Murders
Y
49-06-08 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
49-06-15
218
The Professor and Rufus Blow A Bank Safe
Y
49-06-15 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
49-06-22
219
Title Unknown
N
49-06-22 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
49-06-29
220
Title Unknown
N
49-06-29 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar
49-07-06
221
Title Unknown
N
49-07-13
222
Title Unknown
N
49-07-20
223
Title Unknown
N
49-07-27
224
Title Unknown
N
49-08-03
225
Title Unknown
N
49-08-10
226
Title Unknown
N
49-08-17
227
Title Unknown
N
49-08-24
228
Title Unknown
N
49-08-31
229
Title Unknown
N
49-09-07
230
Title Unknown
N
49-09-14
231
Title Unknown
N
49-09-21
232
Title Unknown
N
49-09-28
233
Title Unknown
N
49-10-05
234
Title Unknown
N
49-10-12
235
Title Unknown
N
49-10-19
236
Title Unknown
N
49-10-26
237
Title Unknown
N
49-11-02
238
Title Unknown
N
49-11-09
239
Title Unknown
N
49-11-16
240
Title Unknown
N
49-11-23
241
Title Unknown
N
49-11-30
242
Title Unknown
N
49-12-07
243
Title Unknown
N
49-12-14
244
Title Unknown
N
49-12-21
245
Title Unknown
N
49-12-28
246
Title Unknown
N
49-12-28 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar

Features
Earl Wilson
50-01-04
247
Title Unknown
N
50-01-11
248
Title Unknown
N
50-01-18
249
Title Unknown
N
50-01-25
250
Title Unknown
N
50-02-01
251
Title Unknown
N
50-02-08
252
Title Unknown
N
50-02-15
253
Title Unknown
N
50-02-22
254
Title Unknown
N
50-03-01
255
Title Unknown
N
50-03-08
256
Title Unknown
N
50-03-15
257
Title Unknown
N
50-03-22
258
Title Unknown
N
50-03-29
259
Title Unknown
N
50-04-05
260
Title Unknown
N
50-04-12
261
Title Unknown
N
50-04-19
262
Title Unknown
N
50-04-26
263
Title Unknown
N
50-05-03
264
Title Unknown
N
50-05-10
265
Title Unknown
N
50-05-17
266
Title Unknown
N
50-05-24
267
Title Unknown
N
50-05-31
268
Title Unknown
N
50-06-07
269
Title Unknown
N
50-06-14
270
Title Unknown
N
50-06-21
271
Title Unknown
N
50-06-28
272
Title Unknown
N
50-07-05
273
Title Unknown
N
50-07-12
274
Title Unknown
N
50-07-19
275
Title Unknown
N
50-07-26
276
Title Unknown
N
50-08-02
277
Title Unknown
N
50-08-09
278
Title Unknown
N
50-08-16
279
Title Unknown
N
50-08-23
280
Title Unknown
N
50-08-30
281
Title Unknown
N
50-09-06
282
Title Unknown
N
50-09-13
283
Title Unknown
N
50-09-20
284
Title Unknown
N
50-09-27
285
Title Unknown
N
50-10-04
286
Title Unknown
N
50-10-11
287
Title Unknown
N
50-10-18
288
Title Unknown
N
[Last WOR Broadcast; Series replaced by International Airport in most markets]

50-10-18 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Boston Blackie With Richard Kollmar

50-10-18 Chicago Tribune
7:30-W-G-N--International Airport

50-10-18 Los Angeles Times
9:30 P.M.--KHJ-
Internat'l Airport
50-10-25
--
--
--
50-10-25 New York Times
8:30-WOR--International Airport--Sketch

50-10-25 Chicago Tribune
7:30-W-G-N--International Airport

50-10-25 Los Angeles Times
9:30 P.M.--KHJ-
Internat'l Airport





The Boston Blackie Radio Program Log [CBS - KNX Run]

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
49-09-11
1
Title Unknown
N
[CBS - KNX Run, Sundays, 3:30 p.m.]

49-09-11 Los Angeles Times
3:30 p.m.--KNX--Boston Blackie
49-09-18
2
Title Unknown
N
49-09-18 Los Angeles Times
3:30 p.m.--KNX--Boston Blackie
49-09-25
3
Title Unknown
N
|
49-10-02
4
Title Unknown
N
|
49-10-09
5
Title Unknown
N
|
49-10-16
6
Title Unknown
N
|
49-10-23
7
Title Unknown
N
|
49-10-30
8
Title Unknown
N
|
49-11-06
9
Title Unknown
N
|
49-11-13
10
Title Unknown
N
|
49-11-20
11
Title Unknown
N
|
49-11-27
12
Title Unknown
N
|
49-12-04
13
Title Unknown
N
|
49-12-11
14
Title Unknown
N
|
49-12-18
15
Title Unknown
N
|
49-12-25
16
Title Unknown
N
|
50-01-01
17
Title Unknown
N
|
50-01-08
18
Title Unknown
N
|
50-01-15
19
Title Unknown
N
|
50-01-22
20
Title Unknown
N
|
50-01-29
21
Title Unknown
N
|
50-02-05
22
Title Unknown
N
|
50-02-12
23
Title Unknown
N
|
50-02-19
24
Title Unknown
N
|
50-02-26
25
Title Unknown
N
|
50-03-05
26
Title Unknown
N
|
50-03-12
27
Title Unknown
N
|
50-03-19
28
Title Unknown
N
|
50-03-26
29
Title Unknown
N
|
50-04-02
30
Title Unknown
N
|
50-04-09
31
Title Unknown
N
|
50-04-16
32
Title Unknown
N
|
50-04-23
33
Title Unknown
N
|
50-04-30
34
Title Unknown
N
|
50-05-07
35
Title Unknown
N
|
50-05-14
36
Title Unknown
N
|
50-05-21
37
Title Unknown
N
|
50-05-28
38
Title Unknown
N
|
50-06-04
39
Title Unknown
N
|
50-06-11
40
Title Unknown
N
|
50-06-18
41
Title Unknown
N
|
50-06-25
42
Title Unknown
N
|
50-07-02
43
Title Unknown
N
|
50-07-09
44
Title Unknown
N
|
50-07-16
45
Title Unknown
N
|
50-07-23
46
Title Unknown
N
|
50-07-30
47
Title Unknown
N
|
50-08-06
48
Title Unknown
N
|
50-08-13
49
Title Unknown
N
|
50-08-20
50
Title Unknown
N
|
50-08-27
51
Title Unknown
N
50-08-27 Los Angeles Times
3:30 p.m.--KNX--Boston Blackie
50-09-03
52
Title Unknown
N
[Last KNX Rebroadcast; Replaced by Memo From Molly]

50-09-03 Los Angeles Times
3:30 p.m.--KNX--Boston Blackie





The Boston Blackie Radio Program Other Recordings Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
48-xx-xx John Davis Is Murdered . . . Twice
Who Killed John Davis
Y
The close teases John Sawyer Tried for Murder as next episode
48-xx-xx John Sawyer Tried for Murder
N
4x-xx-xx The Diamond A Day Thefts
N
4x-xx-xx The Framed Psychiatrist
N
Unknown
206
The Charity Gambling Ring
Y
[Reenactment often passed off as the actual recording]






The Boston Blackie Radio Program Biographies




Chester Morris [John Chester Brooks Morris]
(Boston Blackie)
Stage, Radio, Television and Film Actor
(1901-1970)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, U.S.A.

Radiography:
1934 Hollywood Radio Previews
1935 Shell Chateau
1939 Silver Theater
1940 Texaco Star Theater
1941 Kraft Music Hall
1943 Lady Esther Screen Guild Theatre
1943 Lux Radio Theatre
1943 The Amos 'n' Andy Show
1944 Boston Blackie
1945 Harold Lloyd Comedy Theater
1946 The Charlie McCarthy Show
1946 Luck Of the Irish
1946 Suspense
1947 Family Theater
1949 Duffy's Tavern
1949 Maxwell House Coffee Time
1950 Stars On Parade
1951 The Empty Sleeve
1962 The Bing Crosby-Rosemary Clooney Show
This Is the Story
Chester Morris circa 1925
Chester Morris circa 1925

Chester Morris circa 1935
Chester Morris circa 1935

Chester Morris in a Boston Blackie pose circa 1943
Chester Morris in a Boston Blackie pose circa 1943

Chester Morris was born and raised in New York City, the son of Broadway actor William Morris. Chester Morris made his Broadway debut at 17 in Lionel Barrymore's The Copperhead. Morris reportedly billed himself as "the youngest leading man in the country."

Morris commenced his Film career began in 1917, appearing in the silent film, An Amateur Orphan.

By 1929, Chester Morris found himself nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Chick Williams in Alibi (1929). He subsequently starred in The Bat Whispers (1930) and Corsair (1931), both directed by Roland West. Roland West remained a life-long friend. When West was later implicated in the murder of Thelma Todd, it was Chester Morris that took West's bedside confession to the crime.

His film career stalled a bit through the 1930s, owing primarily to typecasting. Though appearing in forty films through the period, they were primarily B-Films or supporting roles in feature films. 1941's Meet Boston Blackie launched a franchise of fourteen Boston Blackie features which revitalized his Film career.

Halfway through the Boston Blackie film franchise, NBC featured Morris over Radio as Boston Blackie during the Summer of 1944. The increased visibility and popularity opened more opportunities for non-Boston Blackie roles, most often patriotic War Films and supporting roles in some of the better feature films of the era.

Television opened a new venue for Chester Morris. He appeared primarily on Television for the remainder of his acting career.

Morris married Suzanne Kilborn in 1927. The couple remained married for twelve years and had two children together--Brooks and Cynthia. After his divorce in 1939, he married the former Lillian Kenton Barker in 1940. Morris and Barker had one child, Kenton.

Morris had returned to Stage roles when he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. In 1970, Chester Morris was found dead in his hotel room from an apparent overdose of barbiturates. He'd been appearing in the stage production of The Caine Mutiny Court Martial at the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, Pennsylvania.



Richard Tompkins Kollmar
(Boston Blackie)
Stage, Radio, Television and Film Actor; Stage Producer
(1910-1971)

Birthplace: Ridgewood, New Jersey, U.S.A.

Education: Tusculum College, Tennessee, U.S.A.
Yale Drama School, Connecticut, U.S.A.

Radiography:
1937 NBC Presents Eugene O'Neill
1938 Great Plays
1940 Grand Central Station
1942 Treasury Star Parade
1943 A Short Short Story From Liberty Magazine
1944 Bright Horizon
1944 Theatre Of Romance
1944 The Alan Young Show
1945 Second Annual American Swing Festival
1945 Boston Blackie
1945 Breakfast With Dorothy and Dick
1946 Radio Reader's Digest
1950 Good Morning 1950
1952 The Story Behind the Story
Richard Kollmar circa 1955
Richard Kollmar circa 1955

Kollmar's son Richard Jr. had his own moment of fame as a Dubble Bubble endorser in 1955
Kollmar's son Richard Jr. had his own moment of fame as a Dubble Bubble endorser in 1955
Richard Kollmar, a native New Yorker, was the son of a successful businessman. Characterized as a 'difficult' child, he was shipped off to a school for 'problem boys' in New Jersey. He eventually attended Tusculum College in Tennessee. While a student a Tusculum, he became involved in Drama and ultimately won a spot at Yale's School of Drama.

By 1938 Kollmar had landed a leading role in Knickerbocker Holiday from 1938 to 1939. He then appeared in the musical, Too Many Girls from 1939 to 1940. The New York Times reportedly described him as "an exuberant comedian unspoiled by cleverness."

Kollmar met and married debutante and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen in April, 1940. The couple had three children--Jill, Richard, Jr. and Kerry. By 1945 the popular couple began airing a daily morning radio show, Breakfast with Dorothy and Dick. The long-running program was presented live seven days a week. It ran for almost 18 years. The show became a cottage industry for promoting Theatre news as well as Films and books of the era.

Kollmar also became a moderately successful Theatre producer in his own right. He produced Early to Bed (1943), By Jupiter (1942), and Dream With Music (1944).

Kollmar also owned and operated a popular New York nightclub, The Left Bank. He worked closely with the Arts Students League and started a small art gallery.

In 1945, Richard Kollmar and Frederick Ziv joined forces to bring the Boston Blackie franchise back to Radio. Kollmar, as Boston Blackie, starred in over 280 Ziv-syndicated episodes of Boston Blackie over five years.

After completing Boston Blackie, Kollmar remained on Radio with his wife on their morning show through 1963. Blessed with a bell-clear, deep resonant voice, Kollmar was a natural for Radio, but his primary interest remained the Theatre.

Kollmar's growing success as a theatrical producer was marred by a growing dependence on alcohol. The 1960s were Kollmar's most difficult time. In 1965 his wife, Dorothy Kilgallen, died of heart attack attributed to a mild overdose of alcohol and seconal. Kollmar remarred in 1967--Anne Fogarty, a successful designer.

The combination of alcohol, the pressures of the Theatre, and the loss of his first wife apparently brought Kollmar to take his own life by an overdose of barbiturates in 1971, leaving behind his three children by Dorothy Kilgallen and his wife Anne Fogarty.



Maurice Tarplin
[a.k.a. Maurice Tarlin]
(Ensemble Actor)

(1911-1975)
Birthplace: Boston, MA

Radiography:
1939
Ideas That Came True
1940
The Columbia Workshop
1942
Murder Clinic
1943
Words At War
1944
The Mysterious Traveler
1944
We Came This Way
1944
The Strange Doctor Weird
1945
Famous Jury Trials
1946
Boston Blackie
1947
Echoes Of A Century
1948
Sherlock Holmes
1949
Secret Missions
1949
Nick Carter, Master Detective
1949
Murder By Experts
1950
Cloak and Dagger


and many, many more.

Maurice Tarplin, ca. 1945
Maurice Tarplin, ca. 1945
Maurice Tarlin [Tarplin] is one of those memorable personae etched forever into the collective memory of Golden Age Radio aficionados the world over. Although he's most often mistakenly identified as Raymond Edward Johnson, his two most memorable roles were as the host of The Mysterious Traveler and the host of The Strange Dr. Weird (as 'Dr. Weird').

His obvious pleasure in attempting to scare the bejeebers out of his anxious listeners, though at times over the top, was delivered in a consistently tongue-in-cheek manner, thus appealing equally well to juvenile listeners at bedtime [remember, this was the 1940s] as to dyed-in-the wool supernatural mystery fans.

And he always managed to deliver those two personae with predictable gusto. He's so deeply associated with Mysterious Traveler and Dr. Weird, that his fans are often unaware of the fact that he was a very busy, diverse actor for most of his career. His radio experience reads like a 'Who's Who' of superior radio dramas (witness his brief radiography in the sidebar at the left).

He didn't limit his considerable talent to Radio. He also enjoyed a repectable career on the stage and television as late as 1980 (kinda scary in itself since he's reported to have passed away in 1975--could the IMDB be wrong, or . . . .?).



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