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Fly Away Baby (1937)

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

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Glenda Farrell ...
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Gordon Oliver ...
Lucien 'Sonny' Croy
Hugh O'Connell ...
Hughie Sprague
Marcia Ralston ...
Ila Sayre
Tom Kennedy ...
Joe King ...
Mr. Guy Allister (as Joseph King)
Raymond Hatton ...
Gordon Hart ...
Mr. Sills
Anderson Lawler ...
Alexander L. Torey
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Colonel Higgam
Emmett Vogan ...
Clifford Vance
George Guhl ...
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Torchy and Steve are investigating a murder/jewel theft with roots in Germany. She lobbies her publisher to underwrite her participation in an around-the-world airplane race because arrogant businessman 'Sonny' Croy will be a participant. Not only is he a prime suspect in the case, but the international itinerary includes Frankfort, Germany. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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19 June 1937 (USA)  »

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Fly-Away Baby  »

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Includes a shot of what appears to be the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge under construction as part of the around the world race. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Orville Gahagan: [to a gaggle of reporters trying to get into the crime scene, including Torchy] Orders say no reporters, male or female... especially female!
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Followed by Torchy Blane in Chinatown (1939) See more »

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Globe-trotting tale boiled down to fit into cute one-hour detective comedy
25 September 2012 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

Lieutenant Steve McBride (Barton McLane) stalks away from reporter and girlfriend Torchy Blane (Glenda Farrell). "You've wasted all of my time that you're gonna," he growls back at her. "From now on I handle this case alone."

–Of course, Steve should know better…it's clear by this point that Skipper (as she affectionately calls him) probably wouldn't get anywhere without Torchy's persistent "interference." Glenda Farrell is excellent in this second Torchy Blane series mystery. Perky, pesky, self-assured—Farrell is perfect as the adventurous newshound. McLane is good, too as the affectionate but gruff detective.

The case begins with a diamond robbery and the murder of a jeweler. The leading suspect, at least in Torchy's book, is a rival publisher's son, who is about to embark on a round the world trip as a publicity stunt. On the spur of the moment, Torchy decides to follow him—as does a third reporter, and they all talk their publishers into promoting it as a race.

Also on the trip is Sergeant Gahagan (Tom Kennedy), Steve's one-time driver who has actually quit the police force to set out on a secret new career. Gahagan must have made a hit in the first Torchy picture, because his role here—the lumbering cop with the heart of a Romantic—is much expanded.

Some neat stock footage of foreign locales, ships, airplanes and even a zeppelin add interest; the plot, while it covers a lot of geography, is admittedly pretty basic. In any case, it's the trio of main characters—especially Torchy—who are the main attraction in this very enjoyable comedy-mystery.


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