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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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Tom Kennedy ...
Anthony Averill ...
Larry Williams ...
Bill Canby
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Kitty
Hugh O'Connell ...
Skinner
Jimmy Conlin ...
Botkin (as James Conlon)
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John Ridgely ...
Reynolds (as John Ridgeley)
George Guhl ...
George Regas ...
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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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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 »

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Detective Lieutenant Steve 'Stevie' McBride: [to Torchy] Well, newshound, you got your ears pinned back.
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Follows The Adventurous Blonde (1937) See more »

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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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I'd love to know why this film had all-new leads.
1 July 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

After having made several Torchy Blane B-movies starring Glenda Farrell and Barton MacLane, suddenly in the middle of the series two entirely new actors are playing lead--Lola Lane and Paul Kelly. IMDb and other web sites I searched didn't indicate why Warner Brothers would make this cast change AND why in the next film the original actors were back once again! This sort of crazy inconsistency isn't unusual for series films of this era, however. For example, the Philo Vance series had about eight different actors play the lead and the Bulldog Drummond films had similar problems keeping leads.

The film begins with a bank robbery occurring during a parade in which Gahagan (Tom Kennedy) is marching with his lodge brothers. In leopard skins, they rush to the bank, but it's too late--the robber escaped. Oddly, the trail for the robbery leads to Panama, so McBride and Gahagan are bound for Central America. Naturally, Torchy finds out and gives chase in a biplane. Please pay attention to the silly scene where Torchy catches up to McBride's ship--it's really dumb and the special effects are on the lame side. She parachute jumps to the cruise ship! Much of the rest of the film takes place on the ship, with the meddling Torchy investigating to see if any of the passengers (one in particular--I guess she read the script) are involved with the robbery. And, when the guy slips overboard, Torchy follows (something no sane reporter would do but which is commonly done if you are Torchy Blane...or Lois Lane--and no, I did not mean Lola Lane).

The film seems to end a bit abruptly, though it is surprising to see that Gahagan is the hero. While Gahagan is more comic relief than usual, he also is surprisingly bright and capable in this film! Three cheers for Gahagan! By the way, why would Torchy just toss the stuffed leopard over the side of the ship? Other than being an obvious plot device, I really can't see any logic to this. And, come to think of it, why would the bad guy stuff money into it?!


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