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Torchy Blane.. Playing with Dynamite (1939)

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

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Joe Cunningham ...
Eddie Marr ...
Denver Eddie
Edgar Dearing ...
Jim Simmons (as Edgar Deering)
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Bruce MacFarlane ...
Bugsie
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Harp
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Judge Hershey
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Reporter at the Wrestling Match
Larry Williams ...
Reporter with Pipe
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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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RUN FOR YOUR LIFE! (original ad- all caps)

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Action | Comedy | Mystery

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Approved | See all certifications »
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12 August 1939 (USA)  »

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Dead or Alive  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When "The Bone Crusher" - Gahagan's opponent in the boxing ring - mentions Gahagan's real first name (which The Bone Crusher knew from their Navy wrestling days) - it is hard to hear the name. It could be "Jay" - as someone has suggested in another Trivia item - but it sounds a bit more like "Jerry" (one can hear two syllables). See more »

Goofs

At the climax of the women's fight in the prison sewing room, in which the character identified on the IMDb character list as "Ruby - Black Convict Woman" is struggling to get at "Jackie" with the scissors, at one point it looks as if the scissors shoot by the shoulder of Jackie (who is backed against the wall), and barely miss her, implanting themselves in the wall. This gives the momentary impression that Ruby hurled the scissors at Jackie. But a second later, you don't see any scissors sticking out of the wall, and Ruby still has the scissors in her hand, and Torchy has to knock her arm and scissors aside. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Steve McBride: Don't you feel all right?
Gahagan: Certainly, only I don't like ridin' on the airplane. they make me ears feel funny.
Lt. Steve McBride: They're on your head, ain't they?
Gahagan: [after ressuring himself that they are] Yeah... why?
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Connections

Follows Fly Away Baby (1937) 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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