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Torchy Blane in Chinatown (1939)

Torchy Blane has to solve a blackmail case.

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Henry O'Neill ...
Senator Baldwin
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Captain Condon
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Mr. Mansfield
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Janet Baldwin
Frank Shannon ...
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Anderson Lawler ...
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Richard Bond ...
Staunton
Eddy Chandler ...
Captain McDonald (as Ed Chandler)
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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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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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Connections

Follows Torchy Blane in Panama (1938) 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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I've seen better
22 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm always drawn to 40s B movies about wisecracking investigators, but some are better than others, and this one is definitely a lesser example of the genre. Farrell's performance as brassy reporter Torchy feels thin, and the detective lead detective is bland, although I rather liked the odd romance between the two.

Tom Kennedy, on the other hand, was quite amusing as a doofus cop.

As for the story, well, it was really moronic. Of particular note was how terrible the lead cop was, constantly assuring people he would protect them and failing to do so, yet never losing confidence and, more amazingly, never getting in trouble. And no one ever said, "I don't trust you because you gave the same assurances to the last guy" (although ultimately you could make a case for why that ultimately makes sense).

I think that will be it for me and Torchy Blane movies.


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