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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 money in the small bag handed over to the three men in the boat, although in fake currency, appears to be mostly $1 bills - in bundles marked $1,000, though in stacks to small for that amount in singles. Even with $1,000 bundles there would have to be 250 of them and only about a tenth of that is shown in the small bag. $250,000 in $1 bills would also weigh about 550 pounds. See more »

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Torchy Blane: [to Steve] Wnat are you, a mouse or a detective.
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Follows The Adventurous Blonde (1937) 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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Blackmail in Chinatown
16 March 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Glenda Farrell really shows up the police department in Torchy Blane In Chinatown. She's got the whole thing figured out long before the cops get wise. Of course interestingly enough the apprehension of the villains themselves is a really good idea cooked up by Barton MacLane.

Henry O'Neill plays a US Senator who is a collector of Chinese jade and when he purchases some jade death masks he gets threats, the unsigned note threats and in Chinese. Fortunately Patric Knowles is around to translate the threats.

Their ancestors graves have been defamed, but a little American hard cash will sooth the ancestor's feelings and be good for their descendants as well. It all smells pretty bad, but it's Torchy Blane who catches the right whiff.

Tom Kennedy as Geohagen once again steals the show. Seeing Kennedy in New York harbor rowing that boat to the final rendezvous was quite a sight.

If Torchy could figure it out you can too. Even with that the film is still kind of fun. And MacLane comes in handy in the apprehension. You have to see what he uses.


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