After rival reporters, jealous of Torchy's success, conspire to fake the murder of an actor in order to embarrass her, he ends up being strangled.

Director:

(as Frank MacDonald)

Writers:

(original screenplay), (original screenplay)
Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Smart Blonde (1937)
Comedy | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Female reporter Torchy Blane teams with her cop boyfriend Lt. Steve McBride to solve the killing of an investor who just bought a popular local nightclub.

Director: Frank McDonald
Stars: Glenda Farrell, Barton MacLane, Wini Shaw
Musical | War | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A pilot of a B 29 meets Louise Anderson, a singer in a New York nightclub. He falls in love with her, but he had to leave next day for action in the Pacific. He lets paint her picture on ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Mann
Stars: Frances Langford, Ralph Edwards, Russell Wade
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Gambler and bookmaker "Odds" Owen decides that the insurance racket is a business that offers better odds and less risk, and this appeals to him and he sets up shop. He underwrites anything... See full summary »

Director: Robert Florey
Stars: Warren William, Claire Dodd, Guy Kibbee
In Our Time (1944)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

It is early 1939 in Poland when Mrs. Bromley and Jennifer come to buy antiques for her business in London. Jennifer meets Count Stephen and they wine, dine and see the sights though out the... See full summary »

Director: Vincent Sherman
Stars: Ida Lupino, Paul Henreid, Nancy Coleman
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Gambling boss Greg Morella runs a crooked ship-- all the gaming tables on his floating casino are rigged. Because the ship operates outside of the three-mile state limit, the authorities ... See full summary »

Director: George Amy
Stars: Wayne Morris, Jane Wyman, Gilbert Roland
Blond Cheat (1938)
Comedy | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Socially prominent Michael Ashburn, is the chief assistant to Rufus Trent, wealthy London loan broker. He has allowed himself to become engaged to the Rufus' daughter, Roberta, the match ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Santley
Stars: Joan Fontaine, Derrick De Marney, Cecil Kellaway
Comedy | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The Lone Wolf tracks down Nazi spies in London during the German bombing.

Director: Edward Dmytryk
Stars: Warren William, Eric Blore, Hillary Brooke
Blonde Fever (1944)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Peter owns a small but upscale café on the road between Reno and Lake Tahoe in Nevada. He is a heavy gambler and his marriage is rocky. Into is life come a waitress named Sally.

Director: Richard Whorf
Stars: Philip Dorn, Mary Astor, Felix Bressart
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Unknown writer Jonathan Briggs is tricked into buying in to a struggling western magazine only to find that all Is not as it appears. In the meantime, he falls for the publisher's assistant and complications arise.

Director: Busby Berkeley
Stars: John Shelton, Virginia Grey, Albert Dekker
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Returning soldier Dixon Harper meets cute with promising radio singer Susan Parker. Susan is mistaken for a heiress to a southern plantation by blustery colonel Farnsworth and she ignores wise cracking friend Diane to see the ruse through.

Director: Del Lord
Stars: Bob Haymes, Lynn Merrick, Thurston Hall
Arsène Lupin (1932)
Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A charming and very daring thief known as Arsene Lupin is terrorizing the wealthy of Paris, he even goes so far as to threaten the Mona Lisa. But the police, led by the great Guerchard, ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Conway
Stars: John Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, Karen Morley
Man Alive (1945)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Michael McBride is declared dead after a car accident leaving his wife Connie grief stricken. When he reappears he has difficulty convincing people it's him due to the interference of Tolliver and a young Ignatius claiming to be his son.

Director: Ray Enright
Stars: Pat O'Brien, Adolphe Menjou, Ellen Drew
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Anne Nagel ...
Grace Brown
Tom Kennedy ...
...
Pete
...
Theresa Gray
...
Matt
Charley Foy ...
Dud
Anderson Lawler ...
Hugo Brand
Bobby Watson ...
Mugsy
Charles C. Wilson ...
Mortimer Gray (as Charles Wilson)
Virginia Brissac ...
Mrs. Jenny Hammond
Leyland Hodgson ...
Harvey Hammond (as Leland Hodgson)
Raymond Hatton ...
Frank Shannon ...
Edit

Storyline

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 Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

BROTHER, CAN YOU SPARE A CRIME? See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

13 November 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Torchy Blane, the Adventurous Blonde  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Jack Mower (Driver), Robert Barrat and Hugh O'Connell are in studio records/casting call lists as actors in this movie, but were not seen in the print. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film, Steve walks out to see the desk sergeant. Someone tries to throw confetti on him to celebrate his impending marriage to Torchy, but misses. When Steve initially talks to the desk sergeant, there is no strip of confetti on his right shoulder. Then in the next shot it appears. In subsequent shots it keeps changing position on his right shoulder until he goes to see the captain and it disappears. See more »

Quotes

Lieutenant Steve 'Stevie' MacBride: Cleveland? Cleveland? What's in Cleveland?
Detective Gahagan: Ohio.
See more »

Connections

Followed by Torchy Runs for Mayor (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
Hummed by Tom Kennedy
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

The Best to Date
16 January 2013 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

The Adventurous Blonde (1937)

*** (out of 4)

The third film in the series has Torchy Blane (Glenda Farrell) and Lt. MacBride (Barton MacLane) soon to be married, which drives her fellow reporters crazy because they feel she'll get all the scoops. To get even with her they get a famous actor needing publicity to pretend to be murdered so that Torchy will report the story and then get in trouble. The tables turn however when the actor ends up murdered just the way the joke was supposed to happen. This third film in the series is actually the best up to this point thanks in large part to the cast doing a fine job but the story here is also extremely well-done with a couple nice twists at the end. The idea of a "joke" murder getting into the newspaper is a bit far-fetched but I really thought this was rather fun at the start of the picture. The jealousy of the male reporters was quite funny but once the murder takes place things get a lot more serious. As someone who watches every "B" murder/mystery that comes on TCM, I must admit that the story here was quite good and especially the various suspects and their connection to the victim. Farrell and MacLane are both at the top of their game here with the chemistry flying high. Anne Nagel, George E. Stone and Tom Kennedy are all good in their supporting bits as is Anderson Lawler, , Leyland Hodgson and Virginia Brissac. The twist at the end is something I won't give away but I serious doubt anyone will see it coming.


0 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Product Placement pcacala
The solution arthurblock
Discuss The Adventurous Blonde (1937) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?