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Welcome to Retroville! It's 1944!
In 1944, Boston Blackie premiered on the radio. Blackie, already a staple in B-movies, was only supposed to be a summer replacement program for Amos & Andy. However, when it went off the air at the end of the summer, pressure from fans caused the show to return in 1945 in syndication. It continued to run for several years before moving to television.

Main Characters:

  • Boston Blackie played by Chester Morris (1944), and by Richard Kollmar (1945-end)
  • Inspector Faraday played by Richard Lane (1944), and by Maurice Traplin (1945-end)
  • Mary Wesley played by Lesley Woods (1944), and by Jan Minor (1945-end)

Show Concept:

  • A series featuring the light-hearted detective, Boston Blackie. Blackie was different from other detectives because he had a criminal background and a "smart mouth." Now working on the right side of the law, Inspector Faraday was never really sure about Blackie. The cops always looked like bumbling fools while Blackie's detective abilities solved the cases.

Hosts or Guests:

  • Announcer was Harlow Wilcox (1944)

Writers or Producers:

  • unknown


  • Rinso (1944)

Networks or stations:

  • NBC (1944)
  • Syndicated by ZIV (1945-end)

Total shows or length of production:

  • Premiered June 23, 1944
  • Final episode on June 29, 1949
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