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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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Paul Kelly ...
Tom Kennedy ...
Anthony Averill ...
Larry Williams ...
Bill Canby
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Kitty
Hugh O'Connell ...
Skinner
Jimmy Conlin ...
Botkin (as James Conlon)
Joe Cunningham ...
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Eric Stanley ...
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John Ridgely ...
Reynolds (as John Ridgeley)
George Guhl ...
George Regas ...
Gomez
Jack Mower ...
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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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Cop: Hold it. You can't go in there, lady. There's been a hold-up and a murder.
Torchy Blane: You're wrong, boys. Hold-ups and murder are my meat. Here's the open sesame that swings wide all portals - my press pass. Torchy Blane of the Star.
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Followed by Torchy Blane.. Playing with Dynamite (1939) 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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"When A Leopard says Meow"
26 January 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Tom Kennedy as leadfooted and deadheaded Sergeant Geoghan gets a bit more screen time in this Torchy Blane film as his lodge The Leopards is used as a cover for a bank robbery. Think how Amos and Andy would feel if the Mystic Knights of the Sea was so dishonored or Ralph Kramden if someone did that to the Loyal Order of the Racoons. Good thing Kennedy got so much screen time as movie audiences apparently missed Glenda Farrell and Barton MacLane. I sure missed them myself.

Lola Lane and Paul Kelly are the stars of Torchy Blane In Panama and they didn't click with me either. Pity because this was one of the better Blane stories. A bank robber robs a bank during the middle of the Leopard Convention Parade in Manhattan and kills a teller. The perpetrator makes off with $90,000.00 in consecutive bills and our ace reporter Torchy finds a Leopard Lodge pin at the scene.

A little detective work and Lane, Kelly, and Kennedy are off on a cruise ship to Panama figuring that it's a good place to fence hot money. Kelly to put Torchy in her place brings along rival reporter Larry Williams whose an obnoxious sort. But Lane's way ahead of all of them, though it nearly gets her killed.

What Farrell and MacLane could have done with this.


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