The Chance of a Lifetime (1943)

Genres - Adventure, Crime, Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Drama, Prison Film  |   Release Date - Oct 26, 1943 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 66 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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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!)

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defense [military], defense-plant, loot, parole, parolee, prison, private-detective, robbery, war, work-release