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Torchy Blane in Chinatown (1939)

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Torchy Blane has to solve a blackmail case.

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Henry O'Neill ...
Sen. H. Baldwin
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Capt. Condon
James Stephenson ...
Dr. Mansfield
Janet Shaw ...
Janet Baldwin
Frank Shannon ...
George Guhl ...
Anderson Lawler ...
Allan Fitzhugh
Richard Bond ...
Richard 'Dick' Staunton
Eddy Chandler ...
Police Capt. McDonald (as Ed Chandler)
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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

El jade fatal  »

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The print actually credits the "original story" to Murray Leinster and Will Jenkins. Perhaps the filmmakers didn't realize that "Will Jenkins" is a pseudonym for Leinster, but it was probably just an inside joke. See more »

Goofs

The Senator states that he is going to announce his daughter's engagement at a party at his Long Island house in three days, on Friday, in the evening. To shift the movie to the party a copy of the party invitation is shown. The invitation announces that the party is on Monday. See more »

Quotes

Det. Lt. Steve 'Mac' McBride: [to Torchy] Are you trying to be sentimental in a cemetary? There's a time and a place for everything. Now keep quiet!
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Follows Smart Blonde (1937) See more »

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Garden of the Moon
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Music by Harry Warren
Played when Torchy turns over the cards when playing bridge
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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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