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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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Dolly Ireland (as Winifred Shaw)
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Leon Blyfuss
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Pickney Sax
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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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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 Runs for Mayor (1939) See more »

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Madonna Mia
(1935) (uncredited)
Written by Abner Silver and Al Sherman
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Torchy Comes Through
17 May 2016 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

Entertaining entry in Warner Bros. "Torchy Blane" series. In fact, it's very entertaining, with all the usual trimmings of the series and with a good, solid mystery to boot. The best murder mysteries are the ones that keep you guessing right up to the end, and this one delivers.

There is the usual back story, the relationship between Torchy (Glenda Farrell), the reporter/ sleuth, and Det. Steve McBride (Barton MacLane); are they an item or not? The role of Torchy is tailor-made for Glenda Farrell, the prototypical wisecracking blonde of 30's movies, and she doesn't disappoint.

For Golden Age movie fans, there is another wisecracking blonde in the supporting cast who is tough to recognize - none other than Jane Wyman, who most of us remember as a brunette. Maltin says this is the only entry in the series taken from material from its author, Frederick Nebel, which could account for the better storyline than most of the other entries.


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