"Enemy to those who make him an enemy. Friend to those who have no friend."
Boston Blackie Silent Movies
Boston Blackies Little Pal
This is the first of the Boston Blackie silent movies. Boston Blackie, a dapper crook, and his accomplice, Mary,
Studio: Metro Pictures Corp.
RATING: * *
Bert Lytell as Boston Blackie
Based on the Short Story: "Boston Blackies Little Pal" by Jack Boyle
Boston Blackie, a dapper crook, and his accomplice, Mary, plan to rob the Wilmerding mansion.
Mary has been hired as a nurse to Martin Wilmerding Jr., and after Mrs. Wilmerding has gone to
a ball, Mary lets Blackie in and he starts to open the safe. However, Blackie is interrupted by
Martin Jr. (his little pal), who has been awakened from his slumbers. Blackie gently orders the
kid to return to bed, but Jr. refuses to do so unless Blackie helps him say his prayers. Thus
is formed a strong friendship between Blackie and his "little pal." Mrs. Wilmerding returns
from the ball with her lover, Donald Lavalle, and when Blackie overhears their plans to elope
together with her jewels, he tricks Donald into giving him the jewels by posing as the jealous
husband. Through several telegrams, he effects the reconciliation of his little pal's parents
but cannot decide whether or not to return the jewels. Shortly before the end of the picture,
a subtitle appears on-screen, asking the audience if Blackie should return his stolen jewels
and go straight. Though not a new device, this "Lady or the Tiger" gimmick provided an extra
laugh to this already entertaining escapade.
Walk of Fame:
Bert Lytell has a star on the Walk of Fame in the Motion Pictures Category.
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| Blackie's Redemption
| The Silk-Lined Burglar
| Boomerang Bill
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