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The Adventurous Blonde (1937)

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.

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Grace Brown
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Pete
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Dud
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Hugo Brand
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Mortimer Gray (as Charles Wilson)
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Mrs. Jenny Hammond
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Harvey Hammond (as Leland Hodgson)
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Captain McTavish
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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>

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GANGWAY FOR TORCHY! SHE'S GOIN' TO TOWN! See more »


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13 November 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Torchy Blane, the Adventurous Blonde  »

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Trivia

The third of nine "Torchy Blane" films released by Warner Brothers from 1937 to 1939. Glenda Farrell played Torchy in seven of the nine pictures. See more »

Goofs

Steve is called to the fake "murder" at 213 Riverside Drive - which is in the Upper West Side of Manhattan - but he is working out of the 7th Precinct in the Lower East Side. See more »

Quotes

Lieutenant Steve 'Stevie' MacBride: Cleveland? Cleveland? What's in Cleveland?
Detective Gahagan: Ohio.
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Connections

Followed by Torchy Gets Her Man (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

The Wedding March
(1843)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61"
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Hummed by Glenda Farrell and Tom Kennedy
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Fast-talking murder mystery
26 June 2009 | by See all my reviews

This is the Poverty Row take on films like The Front Page/His Girl Friday, one of a series with perky Glenda Farrell playing a reporter called Torchy Blane. In this one she gets herself involved in the solving of a murder mystery: who strangled the matinée idol? Like The Front Page, there's a running gag about a postponed wedding. There are several nifty one-liners, too, and actors run in and out of scenes so fast that it's easy to forgive the implausibility of the plot, and to forget that this is all talk. It's nice to see Barton MacLane in a lead role for a change, and the supporting cast, especially character actors such as Frank Shannon, Jimmy Conlin, George Guhl and Houseley Stevenson, are worth the price of admission alone. Hardly a comedy masterpiece but there are worse ways to while away an hour. This is the second in the Torchy Blane series.


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