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Blondes at Work (1938)

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Steve promises his captain not to favor Torchy with stories over other papers but becomes frustrated as to how she continues to scoop her rivals.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Glenda Farrell ...
Tom Kennedy ...
Rosella Towne ...
Louisa Revelle
Donald Briggs ...
Maitland Greer
John Ridgely ...
Blanche Revelle
Thomas E. Jackson ...
Frank Shannon ...
Jean Benedict ...
Miss Hilton - Salesgirl
Suzanne Kaaren ...
Theodore von Eltz ...
District Attorney (as Theodor Von Eltz)
Charles Richman ...
Judge Wilson
Robert Middlemass ...
Boylan - Editor


Marvin Spencer, of the Bon Ton Department Stores, is missing, and Torchy knows how to find him. When she does, he is dead and she is the first paper to headline the death. Then she finds his girlfriend and the Star once again scoops everyone, including the police. This upsets McBride, but she hits headline after headline, until the trial is to begin. Then torchy is a follower, but she does not believe that the accused is even guilty. Written by Tony Fontana <>

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5 February 1938 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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Several cast members in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names): David Newell (Bridegroom), Minerva Urecal (Fashion Editor), Jack Mower (Sergeant) and Loia Cheaney (Operator) See more »


When Steve grumbles after Torchy sticks him with a bill for her steak, he reacts indicating that it must have been "an elephant steak," yet he plunks down only a single coin on the table. See more »


Detective Ed Healy: Did you know Mr. Craig very well?
Torchy Blane: Not well enough to stab him.
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Followed by Torchy Runs for Mayor (1939) See more »


Music by Harry Warren
Played when Torchy is eating a steak at the restaurant
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Hilarious if nonsensical mystery is extremely lightweight
15 November 2012 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

Reporter Torchy Blane is getting all the scoops, and Captain McTavish is mad. He thinks Torchy's fiancé, Lieutenant McBride, is giving her inside police information. The rival newspaper's editor "wants to know if we're running the police department for the taxpayers or for Torchy Blane." McBride ought to keep her in line!

Glenda Farrell as Torchy is funnier than ever in this fast-moving farce with a bit of mystery tossed in. Torchy plays innocent when asked where she's getting her leads ("Oh, I don't know, those things just seem to come to me. I told you I was psychic") but has soon tracked a missing businessman to a hotel room where someone has been stabbed. Inside info or no, Torchy is consistently a step quicker than the cops.

Barton McLane is a good sport as the generally bewildered Lieutenant McBride; the character is solid enough but essentially a straight man for Torchy and for police chauffeur Gahagan.

Tom Kennedy is back as poetry-loving cop Gahagan and this time around he's keeping a diary—for "postererity," he says. He lets Torchy in on the secret diary; she asks if he has a good hiding place for it and encourages him to keep track of every little thing his boss McBride does….

The plot has a few thin spots. Could you really trace a person that easily from a single smudge of lipstick on a handkerchief? The ending is rather abrupt as well, wrapping things up in an awful hurry. However, such issues hardly matter since plot here is always secondary to the goofy character interplay. The mystery, such as it is, involves a disappearance and murder but is little more than a backdrop for the comic story of Torchy and her sources.

Not much suspense but lots of fun…. Farrell especially—hilarious and cute—appears to be having a ball.

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