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Smart Blonde (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Mystery | 2 January 1937 (USA)
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.



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Complete credited cast:
Dolly Ireland (as Winifred Shaw)
Fitz Mularkey
Lewis Friel (as David Carlyle)
Tom Carney
Charlotte Wynters ...
Marcia Friel (as Charlotte Winters)
Dixie - Hatcheck Girl
'Tiny' Torgenson
Leon Blyfuss
Chuck Cannon
Pickney Sax


Journalist Torchy Blane and her fiance Lt. Steve McBride are trying to solve the murder of Tim Torgson, who was killed right before Torchy's eyes. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Comedy | Drama | Mystery


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2 January 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Uma Loura Sabida  »

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Did You Know?


The film was based on the McBride and Kennedy stories by Frederick Nebel. Kennedy, originally a drunken reporter, was rewritten for the brash but sober Blane. See more »


Torchy Blane: [Trying to into the crime scene room] You don't understand. I'm Torchy Blane!
Policeman Guarding Room: I don't care if you're flaming youth!
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You Left Me Everything But You
(1935) (uncredited)
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Torchy and Steve McBride go after a killer
15 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This 1937 "Torchy Blane" film, "Smart Blonde" has Torchy Blane (Glenda Farrell) trying to find out who killed an entrepreneur who just purchased a night club and some gambling establishments. Torchy is a witness to the murder. Later on, one of the suspects, the dead man's bodyguard, is also found dead. Torchy and her some time boyfriend, Lt. McBride (Barton MacLane), as usual, are at odds as far as who the killer is.

There were quite a few of these films, this being the first, starring character actress Farrell, with MacLane as McBride. The two have great chemistry. These films were always lively and the real story always seemed to be about Torchy and McBride's relationship rather than any actual mystery, though the mysteries certainly were present.

Fast-talking, smart Torchy is an independent woman along the lines of Hildy in "His Girl Friday" and the Torchy Blane series was the first (I think) to star a woman; the Maisie series began in 1939.

Always entertaining.

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