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Torchy Blane in Panama (1938)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Mystery  |  7 May 1938 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Paul Kelly ...
Tom Kennedy ...
Anthony Averill ...
Larry Williams ...
Reporter Bill 'Billy' Canby
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Kitty, Gomez's Moll
Hugh O'Connell ...
Skinner, a Leopard
Jimmy Conlin ...
Brother Botkin, a Leopard (as James Conlon)
Joe Cunningham ...
Frank Shannon ...
Eric Stanley ...
Ship's Captain Donald McDonald
John Ridgely ...
Sparks, Ship's Radio Officer (as John Ridgeley)
George Guhl ...
George Regas ...
Gomez, the Fence
Jack Mower ...
First Officer Nelson
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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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Quando Nos Casamos  »

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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

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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You're an Education
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
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Replacement leads sunk by lack of script
6 December 2012 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

Everybody wants Torchy off of the case: Her fiancé Lieutenant Steve McBride, police captain McTavish, rival reporter Bill Canby—all strongly discourage and ridicule Torchy's detecting abilities. –Which is kind of depressing because she's way smarter than any of these guys.

Lola Lane as reporter Torchy Blane is a bright spot in this otherwise pretty unimaginative series entry. Lane's Torchy is energetic, snappy, practically impossible to intimidate. She responds to Steve's efforts to push her away from playing detective by pinching his cheek: "Whatsa matter, Stevie, need help?"

Paul Kelly does not fare so well as Steve McBride….Unfortunately, the character this time around is neither sympathetic nor smart. Kelly does his best to inject some spirit into the character's sour disposition, but just isn't given much to work with.

Both Lane and Kelly made only this one appearance in the Torchy Blane series, and they really don't develop much chemistry in one short picture. (Original series stars Glenda Farrell and Barton McLane returned to the roles by the next entry.)

Tom Kennedy does appear once again as police driver Gahagan—he's still composing poetry, and he is also a member of a lodge called the Leopards whose parade leads them right past a bank that is being robbed. More than comic relief this time around, Gahagan actually spots at least one key clue….

Besides a bank robbery, the plot involves $90,000 of stolen money hidden inside of a stuffed leopard, a chase to Panama in pursuit of a suspect…and Torchy's striped pajamas.

Lane is definitely fun to watch…but overall, the story really lacks suspense and is only moderately amusing. Interesting for Torchy's fans but no great shakes.


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