MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 72,717 this week

Torchy Blane in Chinatown (1939)

Passed  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  4 February 1939 (USA)
6.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.1/10 from 202 users  
Reviews: 10 user

Torchy Blane has to solve a blackmail case.

Director:

Writers:

(characters), (original story "The Purple Hieroglyph") (as Will Jenkins) , 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

IMDb Picks: April

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in April.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 9996 titles
created 26 Jun 2012
 
a list of 2383 titles
created 09 Oct 2012
 
a list of 57 titles
created 07 Jul 2013
 
list image
a list of 9 titles
created 23 Feb 2014
 
a list of 921 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Torchy Blane in Chinatown (1939)

Torchy Blane in Chinatown (1939) on IMDb 6.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Torchy Blane in Chinatown.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The disappearance of people and corpses leads a reporter to a wax museum and a sinister sculptor.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Glenda Farrell
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

An alien lands and tells the people of Earth that they must live peacefully or be destroyed as a danger to other planets.

Director: Robert Wise
Stars: Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Simon Templar, the Saint, travels to San Fransisco to solve crime mysteries within the police department.

Director: John Farrow
Stars: George Sanders, Wendy Barrie, Jonathan Hale
Certificate: Passed Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The Saint returns to London and with the help of an American pickpocket and a beautiful adventuress breaks a counterfeiting ring.

Director: John Paddy Carstairs
Stars: George Sanders, Sally Gray, David Burns
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Mystery | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Rare booksellers Joel and Grada Sloane are engaged to find who is stealing rare books from a private library.

Director: Edwin L. Marin
Stars: Robert Montgomery, Rosalind Russell, Reginald Owen
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Torchy conducts a one woman campaign against a corrupt mayor and crime boss, and when the reform candidate is murdered, she takes up the banner.

Director: Ray McCarey
Stars: Glenda Farrell, Barton MacLane, Tom Kennedy
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A notorious counterfeiter passes himself off as a Secret Service agent to Steve and gets him to unwittingly help him bilk the racetrack out of tens of thousands.

Director: William Beaudine
Stars: Glenda Farrell, Barton MacLane, Tom Kennedy
Action | Comedy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Torchy Blane and Steve McBride try to nab a gangster by tracking his moll.

Director: Noel M. Smith
Stars: Jane Wyman, Allen Jenkins, Tom Kennedy
Fly Away Baby (1937)
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Torchy Blane solves a murder and smuggling case during a round-the-world flight.

Director: Frank McDonald
Stars: Glenda Farrell, Barton MacLane, Gordon Oliver
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

After rival reporters, jealous of Torchy's success, conspire to fake the murder of an actor in order to embarrass her, he ends up being strangled.

Director: Frank McDonald
Stars: Glenda Farrell, Barton MacLane, Anne Nagel
Smart Blonde (1937)
Comedy | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

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.

Director: Frank McDonald
Stars: Glenda Farrell, Barton MacLane, Wini Shaw
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

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.

Director: Frank McDonald
Stars: Glenda Farrell, Barton MacLane, Tom Kennedy
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Glenda Farrell ...
...
Tom Kennedy ...
Henry O'Neill ...
...
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)
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

4 February 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El jade fatal  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Although the onscreen credits state this is an original story, it is actually a remake of Murder Will Out (1930), which has a virtually identical plot and uses many of the same character names. 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

Torchy Blane: [to Steve] Wnat are you, a mouse or a detective.
See more »

Connections

Follows Fly Away Baby (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Is Where You Find It
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played when McBride pulls Senator Baldwin aside at the engagement party
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Good Story but Weak Direction
6 May 2013 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Torchy Blane in Chinatown (1939)

** (out of 4)

The seventh film in the series finds Torchy (Glena Farrell) once again getting in the way as Detective McBride (Barton MacLane) tries to figure out who killing off a group of people with a connection to some valuable Chinese treasures. TORCHY BLANE IN CHINATOWN seems like it would fit the Mr. Moto or Charlie Chan series better but there's no question that this features an interesting story but sadly director William Beaudine can't add any life, energy or excitement to anything we're seeing. The story itself is pretty good and in fact it was interesting enough to make one upset that more wasn't being done with it. This story from Murray Leinster was originally filmed in 1920 and then again in 1930 but I've yet to see either version. The material here actually makes for a good mystery and I especially liked how one never fully understood why the murders were taking place. A great example of this is handled with various cards being left behind at crime scenes telling the cops who will die next. Another benefit this film has is that we're given a pretty strong cast. Farrell is once again highly entertaining and charming in her role. MacLane appears to be tired of his career and bored playing it because he pretty much sleepwalks through the film. The supporting cast is actually good with Tom Kennedy returning for comic relief and we also get Henry O'Neill, Patric Knowles and James Stephenson. What really kills the movie is the bad pacing, poor cinematography and the lack of any real energy. Director Beaudine probably kept the film under budget but he just wasn't able to add anything extra to the story. No matter how good the story is you still still someone to bring it to life and that just never happened.


2 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Torchy Blane in Chinatown (1939) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?