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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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Tom Kennedy ...
Sheila Bromley ...
'Jackie' McGuire
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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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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12 August 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dead or Alive  »

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Torchy's real first name is mentioned. It's Helen. 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

Gahagan: [Seeing the Bone Crusher ifor the first time in fifteen years] Holy Mackeral! How he has grown!
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Connections

Follows Torchy Gets Her Man (1938) See more »

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The Man I Love
(1924) (uncredited)
Music by George Gershwin
Heard often as background music
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Speeding Gets Torchy A Scoop
1 November 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

For the final entry of this series, Torchy Blane, girl reporter on a quaint metropolitan New York newspaper gets herself pinched speeding to file a story. Turns out to be a lucky break because she gets tossed into jail with Sheila Bromley, girlfriend of notorious bank robber Eddie Marr.

The original stars of the series, Glenda Farrell and Barton MacLane as NYPD Detective Steve McBride were replaced by Jane Wyman and Allen Jenkins. This may have been the only time in screen history that Allen Jenkins got the girl. They were fine in the parts, but the public didn't accept them and the series was discontinued.

Along though for the final ride was Tom Kennedy who was McBride's cop sidekick as he was for the rest of the series. Kennedy was a former boxer who was also a former wrestler. Familiarity with the squared circle plays an important part in what was a most interesting climax to the film.

Torchy Plays With Dynamite was something I'm sure entertained many people on the double bill who might have come to see one of Warner Brothers big budget attractions like Dodge City in 1939. It's fast paced and amusing and no one I'm sure walked out.


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