The 1940’s produced a lot of crime mystery comedies it seems, with this 1946 film trying to be more of a comedy.
Actually, this is the tenth out of fourteen films made with a chap named Chester Morris as Blackie. The first films made were silent films from 1918 to 1927, then it was rebooted in 1940 with Chester.
Blackie Morris started out as a safecracker in the original magazine stories from the early 1900’s, but he came good in the films and became a detective. Like “The Falcon” from my last review he was a smooth-talking, wise-cracking, and a cool customer who likes the ladies.
Unfortunately, the comedy in this consisted of double-takes, characters being tricked and then saying “Hey, wait a minute! That’s not what I said!”, Blackie’s sidekick dressed as a waitress for half the film because cross-dressing is always funny, a cute baby blowing raspberries, some forms of slapstick, and just plain silly jokes. The mystery story itself was decent enough, but the acting was definitely where Gilligan’s Island got it’s inspiration from.
I might try another film just to see if they can get any better, or worse.
That is enough of the 1940’s, next I am moving onto 1950’s sci-fi/horror extravaganzas, should be a hoot.
Date watched: June 6th
Film count 2016: 94