The Chance of a Lifetime

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This lively entry in the "Boston Blackie" series finds Blackie (Chester Morris) acting as spiritual leader of a group of ex-convicts. The plan is for the former inmates to redeem themselves by working in a defense plant. Only problem: some of the cons (Douglas Fowley, Arthur Hunnicutt et. al.) have no intention of going straight and are planning a major robbery. Predictably, suspicion falls upon the only honest one (Erik Rolf) in the bunch -- and upon Blackie, who is himself a previous "guest of the state." Chance of a Lifetime represents the first directorial effort of William Castle, who later claimed that, saddled with a hopeless project, he made the film "work" by re-arranging the reels in the editing room (it sure doesn't look like it was put together that way!)


Chester Morris
as Horatio 'Boston Blackie' Black
Richard Lane
as Insp. John Farraday
Jeanne Bates
as Mary Watson
Erik Rolf
as Dooley Watson
Lloyd Corrigan
as Arthur Manleder
Walter Sande
as Matthews
Douglas Fowley
as Nails Blanton
Cy Kendall
as Jumbo Madigan
Larry Olsen
as Johnny Watson
Sally Cairns
as Richie Adair
Trevor Bardette
as Manny Vogel
Harry Semels
as Egypt Hines
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