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Blondie

Mr. Moto

Boston Blackie

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 Blondie

Blondie was derived from a comic strip written by "Chic" Young.It was a good and durable series as it lasted 12 years and 28 different films.Arthur Lake played Dagwood and Penny Singleton played the title character.Blondie was also a popular radio show airing weekly from 1939 until 1951.The series was also on television thru out the 1954 season with Pamela Britton portraying Blondie.The role of Baby-Dumpling was played by Larry Simms who,as he grew,also played  Alexander. There were a number of actress' who played Cookie,but the most long lasting was Marjorie Kent.Daisy the dog and her off spring were played by themselves.The roles of Blondie and Dagwood were so strong that Lake and Singleton found theselves so typecast that it was difficult to find other roles.. All of the Blondie films were released by Columbia.Many future stars got their start in Blondie fims.Some of these were Rita Hayworth,Glenn Ford and Tito Guizar.

Mr. Moto

Mr. Moto was concieved by another very popular oriental sleuth,Charlie Chan. In 1937 Twentieth Century Fox was having such sucess with Chan that they decided to do another oriental detective series,thus we have Mr.Moto. Moto films never seemed to have the polished look of Chan but still it was a very good series.There were eight Moto films,all released by Twentieth Century Fox.All Moto's starred Peter Lorre. Moto films were more  action oriented,as Lorre was more athletic than all of the Chans.He could do Ju-Jitsu and also handle a weapon with ease. The series ran from 1937 until 1939. There are some questions as to why the Moto's were discontinued.Some say that Lorre was comitted to other films,but it was also circulated that due to the agressive nature of the Jaaneese government at this time ,it might be better to not produce a series at this time which portrayed a Japanese hero.

Charlie Chan

Charlie Chan Was the product of author Earl Der Biggers.This wonderful series had 45 sound films and 2 silent versions before it left the silver screen.The first Chan was George Kuwa In the silent serial "The House Without A Key".(Pathe-1926) The next Chan was also a silent,"The Chinese Parrot"(Universal-1928),which starred Kamiyama Sajin.The first sound Chan was "Behind The Curtain"(Fox-1929) .E.L. Park portrayed Chan in a minor role.Chan finally reached big time when Swedish actor,Warner Oland, assumed the Role of Chan in "Charlie Chan Carries On"(Fox-1931)Oland acted in 16 Chan's before dying in 1938.Sydney Toler became screen Chan with "Charlie Chan In Honolulu"(20th Century Fox-1938).After 10 more Chans,20th Century Fox discontinued the series in 1942.Monogram Pictures returned the popular series to the screen in 1944 with "Charlie Chan In The Secret Service".Going to low budget Monogram,the series did suffer with cheaper sets and shorter run times.Toler died in 1947 and Roland Winters took over the Chan role.During the last six Chans which Winters starred in,the quality of the films  suffered in both acting and production. All considered,I personally enjoyed all of the Chans ,but my favorites were the Sydney Toler Chans.

Boston Blackie

The Boston Blackie charactor was a former jewell thief turned detective.Blackie was portrayed very well by Chester Morris.The series was produced by Columbia Pictures in Thirteen films from1941 till 1949.It was adapted to film from a story entitled "Boston Blackies Little Pal" written by Jack Boyle in 1918.The series was well done in it's earlier efforts which were directed by Robert Florey and Edward Dmytryk.As the series aged, it lacked some of the polish of the earlier adventures and took on a ,more routine look.The series was bolstered by the appearance of many of Columbia's contract players such as Ann Savage,Nina Foch,Lloyd Bridges,Harriet Hilliard,Dorothy Malone,Steve Cochran and others.Appearing withChester Morris in all of the film series,was Richard Lane as Inspector Farrady.The series was on television for 58 episodes and on radio for several years starring Kent Taylor as Blackie.The Boston Blackie series was always full of action and adventure and was very entertaining.

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