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Torchy Blane.. Playing with Dynamite (1939)

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Torchy Blane and Steve McBride try to nab a gangster by tracking his moll.


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

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


Action | Comedy | Mystery






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12 August 1939 (USA)  »

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Dead or Alive  »

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


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 »


'Jackie' McGuire: [Referring to their prison] Hey, kid, how'd you like to get outta here?
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The Finale
16 May 2013 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Torchy Blane... Playing with Dynamite (1939)

** (out of 4)

The ninth and final film in the series finds Glenda Farrell and Barton MacLane being replaced by Jane Wyman and Allen Jenkins. This time out Torchy has herself thrown into jail so that she can get close to a gangster's girlfriend (Sheila Bromley). The plan is for the two to get close and Torchy hopes that the girlfriend will then lead her to the gangster where Lt. McBride and Gahagan (Tom Kennedy) will arrest him. TORCHY BLANE... PLAYING WITH DYNAMITE really isn't all that bad when you consider it's the ninth film in a series but there's still no question that the only ones who need watch it are those who watched the previous eight and just want to say they've seen everything in the series. I think there are some good moments scattered around but even at just 59-minutes there's just not enough going on to keep you fully entertained. I thought both Wyman and Jenkins were good in their roles and I thought their chemistry and back and forth nature made for some entertainment. Bromley was also attractive in her part as is Eddie Marr as the gangster. Kennedy doesn't get as many poems to read but that's okay because it's still nice seeing him appear for his ninth time. The story itself has quite a few plot holes and there are many logical issues but these here shouldn't be taken too serious. After all, this is a "B" picture that was probably made in a week or two.

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