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Angry that police detective Steve McBride is giving preferential treatment to his fiancée, reporter Torchy Blane, reporters from a rival newspaper plan a fake murder with the idea that Torchy's paper will print the story and look foolish, teaching a lesson to Torchy and McBride. The tables are turned when the fake murder turns out to be the genuine article. Written by
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I like the Torchy Blane character and the way Glenda Farrell played her in the Warner Brothers series. But this third episode probably could have sank the whole series.
Glenda Farrell and Barton MacLane are about to be married which of course will make them even closer. Both the police and Farrell's fellow reporters see problems. But the reporters in their infinite wisdom decide to do something about it.
Can you believe these lugnuts decide to stage a fake murder of and hire a ham actor to play the part? But then the ham actor really does turn up dead, leaving another mystery for Farrell and MacLane to solve.
Call me just an old fuddy duddy but I seem to remember their being laws against this sort of thing. There sure is in making a false report of a crime. In real life a lot of the working press of Torchy's city would have been filing their stories from the big house. And that's even if this thing had stayed just a gag.
Incredibly stupid movie.
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