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Smart Blonde (1937)

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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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Lewis Friel (as David Carlyle)
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Marcia Friel (as Charlotte Winters)
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'Tiny' Torgenson
Tom Kennedy ...
John Sheehan ...
Leon Blyfuss
Max Wagner ...
Chuck Cannon
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Storyline

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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2 January 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Uma Loura Sabida  »

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Some cast members in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names): George Beranger (Trusty), Sol Gorss (Truck Driver), Jack Mower (Policeman) and Stuart Holmes (Houseman) See more »

Quotes

Torchy Blane: [Referring to Steve] Big stiff!
Dixie - Hatcheck Girl: Ain't he masterful?
Torchy Blane: Yeah, all he needs is a leopard skin.
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Followed by Torchy Blane.. Playing with Dynamite (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Why Do I Have to Sing a Torch Song?
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Sung by Wini Shaw (as Winifred Shaw) at the nightclub
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Glenda Farrell as a fast talking sleuth reporter
7 November 2007 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

Glenda Farrell originates the role of Torchy Blain, a fast-talking wise-cracking reporter who will do anything for a scoop, including using her amiable lieutenant boyfriend to sneak into crime scenes, steal clues from the police, and even bully suspects into making false statements to find the real culprit. Farrell has a filmography a mile long, usually playing a second-fiddle gold diggers and hard-luck girls, so it's nice to see this forgotten actress take the lead in a role that is smart and funny. Lasting only an hour, SMART BLONDE is one of those "B" movies that was shown before the main feature, so don't expect deep characters or an intricate mystery, but Farrell tears through the script at lightning speed, trading quips and unraveling a murder cover-up. Barton MacLane as her lieutenant boyfriend McBride is a sturdy and likable foil -- for once the cops aren't entirely stupid. Despite some shamefully racist moments, the Torchy Blane series of films are overall very satisfying and fun. They should be remembered in the same pre-war vein as HIS GIRL Friday, where a woman could be every bit as smart and career-driven as a man. Oddly enough, Farrell played an identical character in the horror classic MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM (1933) but lost top billing to Fay Wray.


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