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Torchy Blane.. Playing with Dynamite (1939)

Approved  |   |  Action, Comedy, Mystery  |  12 August 1939 (USA)
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Torchy Blane and Steve McBride try to nab a gangster by tracking his moll.

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(as Noel Smith)

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(screen play), (screen play), 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Tom Kennedy ...
Sheila Bromley ...
Joe Cunningham ...
Eddie Marr ...
Denver Eddie
Edgar Dearing ...
Jim Simmons (as Edgar Deering)
Frank Shannon ...
Bruce MacFarlane ...
Bugsie
George Lloyd ...
Harp
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Judge Hershey
John Ridgely ...
Reporter at the Wrestling Match
Larry Williams ...
Reporter with Pipe
John Harron ...
Motorcycle Policeman
Cliff Clark ...
Mike Kelly
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Storyline

While in traffic court, Torchy bumps into Jackie Maguire, girlfriend of the notorious hoodlum Denver Eddie, who is sentenced to jail for shoplifting. Torchy gets herself thrown into jail by turning in false alarms and ultimately befriends Maguire. With police collusion, she escapes to San Francisco taking Maguire with in in hopes of capturing Denver Eddie. Steve and Gahagan follow undercover in hopes of collecting the $5000 reward as a down payment for house for him and Torchy, but not before Steve is spotted and Gahagan ends up in the wrestling ring and gets a chance to settle a score with an old opponent. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Taglines:

RUN FOR YOUR LIFE! (original ad- all caps)

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Action | Comedy | Mystery

Certificate:

Approved
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Release Date:

12 August 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dead or Alive  »

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Gahagan's real first name is mentioned. It's Jay. See more »

Goofs

Just after McBride and Gahagan get in to a cab outside the bookstore, there is a close up shot of the license plate which reads "X3075". In the next shot, as the cab pulls up outside a building, the license plate reads "Z8546". See more »

Quotes

Lt. Steve McBride: Can I have a cigarette?
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Lt. Steve McBride: In Mexico when they put a guy up against the wall, they give 'em a cigarette.
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Connections

Follows Torchy Blane in Panama (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

The Man I Love
(1924) (uncredited)
Music by George Gershwin
Heard often as background music
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The Only Entry That Makes Real Sense
13 July 2004 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

I love Glenda Farrell. She is always fun, and she's fun in this series. But the plots are thrown rogether so quickly they frequently make no sense.

Lola Lane was a ghastly substitute in the Panama outing.

In this one, Jane Wyman and Alan Jenkins seem an unlikely couple, to say the very least. However, it has a linear plot that makes good sense and is both exciting and funny (when it wants to be.)

Jane Wyman: such a strange career. She is heartbreaking in "The Yearling" and deserves her Oscar for "Johnny Belinda." And she was a charming light comic before and even these two.

Then she got ultra-serious and made those schmaltzy women's pictures. Douglas Sirk? OK. Fine craftsman. But most of Wyman's output after the early 1950s is a disappointment, though it kept her in the public eye and surely made a good deal of money.


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