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Oct. 29th, 2012

Boston Blackie And The Law starts at the Annual Thanksgiving Party in the Womens State Penitentiary [sic], where Boston Blackie is putting on a magic show for the inmates. This is a completely and totally different movie from Alias Boston Blackie, where it was a Christmas show, for male inmates. Plus this time around there's no wasting of time: the inmate picked for the vanishing-woman illusion actually disappears in just about the first scene, and Blackie's held on suspicion even if it's kind of a dopey scheme: even if he had any contact with the escapee before she volunteered for the illusion, what kind of dope breaks someone out of jail with every prisoner, guard, and officer staring at him?

Does the magician's act explain the decision that, since it's so hard to tell where the possessive apostrophe should go, we're better off leaving it out altogether? And is it actually a crime to burn a dollar in non-pulp-fiction worlds? The answer may suprise you! )

I've given the plot beats little attention this time around, but that's a little unfair. There's a fair amount of scheming and impersonating and double-crossing, including I should note outright deceptions being perpetrated by the magician and by his fiancee, but they all seem to be reasonably well-motivated both by the plot and by what people might conceivably do if they lived in this sort of B-movie universe. It also means the climax is intellectually satisfying: all sorts of plot tokens have gotten moved around, but the movement has content.

Trivia: During the 29 October 1929 stock market crash, the transatlantic cable broke. Source: Devil Take the Hindmost, Edward Chancellor.

Currently Reading: The Edifice Complex: How The Rich And Powerful --- And Their Architects --- Shape The World, Deyan Sudjic.

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