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
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
Comedy | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The Lone Wolf undercover to foil the Nazis stealing the plans!

Director: André De Toth
Stars: Warren William, Ann Savage, Eric Blore
Fly Away Baby (1937)
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Torchy Blane solves a murder and smuggling case during a round-the-world flight.

Director: Frank McDonald
Stars: Glenda Farrell, Barton MacLane, Gordon Oliver
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Henry Wilton is an elderly millionaire saddled with his selfish young second wife Emmy 'Sweetie' Wilton and a pair of spoiled grown children (Peggy and Eddie). To test his family's mettle, ... See full summary »

Director: John G. Adolfi
Stars: George Arliss, Mary Astor, Evalyn Knapp
Certificate: Passed Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Torchy Blane has to solve a blackmail case.

Director: William Beaudine
Stars: Glenda Farrell, Barton MacLane, Tom Kennedy
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Torchy, Steve, and Gahagan are on the trail of a bank robber aboard an ocean liner traveling from New York to L.A. via the Panama Canal.

Director: William Clemens
Stars: Lola Lane, Paul Kelly, Tom Kennedy
Certificate: Passed Thriller | Film-Noir | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An embittered, vengeful POW stalks his former commanding officer who betrayed his men's planned escape attempt from a Nazi prison camp.

Director: Fred Zinnemann
Stars: Van Heflin, Robert Ryan, Janet Leigh
Comedy | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A hardworking secretary for a rich woman finds herself engaged to the woman's son and accused of a murder she didn't commit. Lanyard, the Lone Wolf, and Jamison set out to find the real killer.

Director: Sidney Salkow
Stars: Warren William, Eric Blore, Jean Muir
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Steve promises his captain not to favor Torchy with stories over other papers but becomes frustrated as to how she continues to scoop her rivals.

Director: Frank McDonald
Stars: Glenda Farrell, Barton MacLane, Tom Kennedy
Cover Up (1949)
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An insurance company investigator goes to a small town to probe into a case of supposed suicide. The natives are not very cooperative and some turn hostile, leading to suspicion of foul play.

Director: Alfred E. Green
Stars: William Bendix, Dennis O'Keefe, Barbara Britton
Lured (1947)
Crime | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A serial killer in London is murdering young women whom he meets through the personal columns of newspapers; he announces each of his murders to the police by sending them a cryptic poem. ... See full summary »

Director: Douglas Sirk
Stars: George Sanders, Lucille Ball, Charles Coburn
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Grace Brown
...
...
Pete
...
Theresa Gray
...
Matt
Charley Foy ...
Dud
Anderson Lawler ...
Hugo Brand
...
Mugsy
Charles C. Wilson ...
Mortimer Gray (as Charles Wilson)
Virginia Brissac ...
Mrs. Jenny Hammond
Leyland Hodgson ...
Harvey Hammond (as Leland Hodgson)
...
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

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: [Exasperated] I never know what you're gonna do next.
Torchy Blane: Wait'll we get married!
See more »

Connections

Follows Smart Blonde (1937) 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

 
Fast-talking murder mystery
26 June 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – 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.


2 of 4 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:
?