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Torchy Blane in Chinatown (1939)

Torchy Blane has to solve a blackmail case.

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Newspaper reporter "Torchy" Blaine and police detective Steve McBride are on the trail of an Oriental gang that has committed three murders. Also on hand is a fabricated Scotland Yard operative who is a phony, and has two others assisting him in an effort to throw the police department off the trail; they are trying to exhort $250,000 from a young rich man who is trying to marry a senator's daughter. A submarine gets involved. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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4 February 1939 (USA)  »

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El jade fatal  »

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Quotes

Detective Sergeant Gahagan: Quit kidding, Torchy. You ain't no lady. You're a reporter.
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Connections

Remake of The Purple Cipher (1920) See more »

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Love Is Where You Find It
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Music by Harry Warren
Played when McBride pulls Senator Baldwin aside at the engagement party
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That's racist entertainment!
1 November 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

This entertaining entry in the Torchy Blane series also happens to be one of the least PC movies of all time, and that's saying quite a bit. Every Asian stereotype you can imagine is dredged up by screenwriter George Bricker and there's even a minstrel show joke for good measure. When Barton Maclane exclaims, "Chinese!", Gloria Farrell responds, "oodles of them!". The story is the usual stuff about stolen jade, ancient curses, family honour, and murder. The twist is telegraphed early on but the film remains briskly entertaining, especially when that brassiest of brassy dames, Ms. Farrell, is on screen--which is most of the film's 58 minutes running time.


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