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Torchy Blane in Panama (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 7 May 1938 (USA)
Torchy, Steve, and Gahagan are on the trail of a bank robber aboard an ocean liner traveling from New York to L.A. via the Panama Canal.

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Kitty
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Skinner
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Botkin (as James Conlon)
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Captain McDonald
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Determined to scoop the other newspapers, reporter Torchy Blane convinces her boyfriend, police lieutenant Steve McBride, that the only way the perpetrator of a recent bank robbery could fence the stolen money is to exchange it in Panama. Torchy, accompanied by McBride, blundering police sergeant Gahagan and smarmy rival reporter Bill Canby are off on a luxury liner to Panama carrying a boat load of Los Angeles Leopard lodge members, one of whom figures to be the robbery suspect. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Comedy | Crime | Mystery

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Actors Sol Gorss (First Cab Driver), Allen Mathews (Second Cab Driver) and Jack Wise (Steward) are listed in casting call lists/studio records for their roles in this movie, but did not appear. Bob Baker is erroneously listed for the role of "Assistant Bank Manager" in a modern source, but that role was played by Art Baker. Some actors (Tom Wilson and Loia Cheaney) are barely visible and have no lines. See more »

Quotes

Torchy Blane: Gahagan, lead me to Steve.
Detective Gahagan: Oh, Torchy, this is moider!
Torchy Blane: No, just a little quiet mayhem.
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Follows Fly Away Baby (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

Song of the Leopards
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Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Sung by members of the Loyal Order of Leopards aboard ship
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The Lack of a Real Story Drives Down The 5th Entry
12 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

In the fifth installment of the series, Torchy Blane is tasked with solving an armed robbery and must travel to Panama in order to catch the criminal.

This is my first Torchy Blane movie that I have seen as I caught the show on TCM. As far as the story goes it feels pretty basic. There is very little amount of mystery or detective work going on in the movie. The majority of the plot seemed to be centered on side gags with the minor characters and getting a full taste of Lola Lane's character. I believe the studio tried to really sell the audience on her but turned out to be a failure as the studio brought back Glenda Farrell in the next movie.

One of the main gripe I have with this movie that really doesn't go with the story, but with the characters. If you recast both lead actors for a movie and still try to push their romantic chemistry as if nothing has changed, it is going to fail. The audience will not feel for the characters at all.

I however liked Torchy in this movie. It was the rest of the characters that brought this movie down. Given that I haven't seen the other entries in the series; I don't know if this is just how the character Steve McBride is. He felt like a push over way to many times and almost was no existent in the movie. If he wasn't the love interest, I might have forgotten he was even in the movie. Gahagan had his moments of funny comedy but he got annoying after awhile.

This was a okay movie and I feel more inclined to check out the prior movies because of this. This movie will fall in the below 6 range maybe a 5.7 out of 10.


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