1 9 5 1 – 1 9 5 3 (USA)
58 x 30 minute episodes
“Enemy of those who make him an enemy. Friend of those who have no friends. Yes, sir, that’s Boston Blackie, and he’s quite a guy.”
Boston Blackie (Kent Taylor) was a dapper thief-turned-wise-cracking-detective with a pencil-thin moustache. He solved crimes with the help of his girlfriend, Mary (Lois Collier) and his dog, Whitey.
The NBC series aired between 1951 and 1953 and was then syndicated for several years.
The character of Boston Blackie was created by Jack Boyle and had first appeared in the early 1900s in Redbook and Cosmopolitan magazines. Lionel Barrymore, Bert Lytell and William Russell played Blackie in silent movies and, beginning in 1941, Chester Morris starred in 14 movies and also spoke for Blackie in a 1940s radio series, although he later handed that job over to Richard Kollmar.
Kent Taylor passed away in April 1987, aged 80.