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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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Fitz Mularkey
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Marcia Friel (as Charlotte Winters)
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Leon Blyfuss
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Chuck Cannon
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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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Tom Kennedy, who plays the dumb cop Gahagan in this film, repeated the role in all the subsequent Torchy Blane series films. He was the only actor to appear in all nine Torchy Blane movies. See more »

Quotes

Torchy Blane: Maybe he's like Fitz - he thinks a woman's a wonderful thing.
Steve McBride: Nah, he couldn't be that dumb!
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Followed by Blondes at Work (1938) See more »

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Madonna Mia
(1935) (uncredited)
Written by Abner Silver and Al Sherman
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More Romantic Comedy Than Mystery
2 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The movie doesn't work that well as a mystery, so I think the viewer should just think of it as a romantic comedy since MacLane and Farrell succeed so brilliantly at elevating the material and they have such good on screen chemistry.

Also, considering that while Torchy has real affection for MacBride, she doesn't hesitate to let him know when she thinks he's being ridiculous (Dixie to Torchy "Ain't he masterful?" Torchy "Yeah, all he needs is a leopard skin!")and he's not the center of her life.She was years ahead of her time so I think she was a good role model.

Maybe Torchy is what Nancy Drew would be if she ever written as an adult.


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