Boston Blackie

Horatio “Boston Blackie” Black (Kent Taylor) was a reformed criminal-turned-private eye living in Los Angeles on the detective drama THE ADVENTURES OF BOSTON BLACKIE/SYN/1951-53.


His sidekick was Mary Wesley (Lois Collier). Their dog was called Whitie. Police Inspector Farraday (Frank Orth) was their friendly adversary.


“Enemy to those who make him an enemy, friend to those who have no friend.” – BB’s Credo

Note: The character was based on the writings of Jack Boyle (October 19, 1881 – October 1928) whose stories ran in The American Magazine, Cosmopolitan, The Redbook Magazine and The Strand Magazine from 1914-1920.

Actor Chester Morris played Boston Blackie in 14 Columbia Pictures films (1941–49) and in a 1944-1945 NBC radio series (later replaced by Richard Kolmar as Boston Blackie).

The character’s real name was first revealed in the 1943 movie “After Midnight with Boston Blackie” when he was paged by a porter on a train.


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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