Boston Blackie's Chinese Venture
|Boston Blackie's Chinese Venture|
|Directed by||Seymour Friedman|
|Written by||Maurice Tombragel|
|Produced by||Rudolph Flothow|
|Cinematography||Vincent J. Farrar|
|Edited by||Richard Fantl|
|Music by||Mischa Bakaleinikoff|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures Corporation|
Boston Blackie's Chinese Venture is a 1949 mystery film directed by Seymour Friedman, starring Chester Morris. This was the last of Columbia's 14 Boston Blackie pictures (1941–49). Richard Lane, as long-suffering Inspector Farraday, was the only other character who appeared in all of the Boston Blackie films. George E. Stone, playing Blackie's sidekick The Runt, missed the first and the last films in the series due to illness. In Chinese Venture Stone was replaced by Sid Tomack as "Shorty."
Boston Blackie (Chester Morris) and his sidekick Shorty (Sid Tomack) are seen exiting a Chinese laundry where the proprietor is soon found murdered. The suspects include a bored tour guide, a B-girl in a tavern, the inhabitants of an old Chinatown tenement, and Blackie and Shorty themselves. Investigating the murder one jump ahead of the police, Blackie and Shorty uncover an illegal gambling ring.
- Chester Morris as Boston Blackie
- Maylia Fong as Mei Ling
- Richard Lane as Inspector William R. Farraday
- Sid Tomack as Shorty
- Frank Sully as Detective Sergeant Matthews
- Don McGuire as Les, the tour guide
- Joan Woodbury as Red, the bar girl
- Charles Arnt as Pop Gerard
- Luis Van Rooten as Bill Craddock (as Louis Van Rooten)
- Philip Ahn as Wong Chung Shee
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