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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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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 »

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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 »

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Detective Sergeant Gahagan: Quit kidding, Torchy. You ain't no lady. You're a reporter.
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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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Torchy is irritating
27 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

TORCHY BLANE IN CHINATOWN 1938

Barton Maclane, Glenda Farell. From the Torchy Blane series. Classic fast-talking good-guy police detective MacBride and his girl, Torchy (reporter). I have a love/hate relationship with this whole series (nine of them). This one was one of the better ones. A blackmail case.

But throughout the series Torchy, a pretty reporter, is constantly trying to snoop into ongoing police investigations, jeopardizing her own and other peoples' lives, not to mention stealing or tampering with evidence. She is always on the verge of getting arrested or rubbed out by the murderers or gang members. So she's irritating.

I'd rate the similar "Maisie" series (with Ann Sothern) higher.


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