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Torchy Runs for Mayor (1939)

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Torchy conducts a one woman campaign against a corrupt mayor and crime boss, and when the reform candidate is murdered, she takes up the banner.

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Glenda Farrell ...
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Tom Kennedy ...
John Miljan ...
Dr. Dolan
Frank Shannon ...
Joe Cunningham ...
George Guhl ...
Joe Downing ...
Spuds O'Brien
Irving Bacon ...
Hubert Ward
John Butler ...
Chuck Ball
Charles Richman ...
Mayor John Saunders
John Harron ...
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Torchy Blane is investigating the political career of mayor Dr. Dolan, who has installed a corrupt leadership. She demands a new election, and after the opposition's candidate is murdered, she decides to run for mayor. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Ever see a political ring turned into a wedding ring? No? Then just keep an eye on that right honorable honey...Torchy Blane! (original ad) See more »


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13 May 1939 (USA)  »

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Secretos del periodismo  »

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Two cast members in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names): Larry Williams (Reporter) and Jack Mower (Duncan). See more »

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The doctor signs his name "Dr. T.V. Reynolds" in a telegram, but it is printed as "Dr. J.C. Reynolds" in a newspaper. See more »

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Steve McBride: [In a self-deprecating way] A fool there was, and here he is!
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Follows Fly Away Baby (1937) See more »

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Rock-a-Bye Baby
(1886) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Effie I. Canning
In the score when Torchy starts her baby campaign
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Final Glenda Farrell Torchy Blane Movie
30 June 2004 | by (Corrales, NM) – See all my reviews

Final Glenda Farrell Torchy Blane comedy newspaper crime drama. Torchy, a hotshot newspaper reporter, illegally gathers evidence proving corruption on the part of the city Mayor and the real power behind the city administration -- Dr. Jeff Dolan. Dirty city politics and the fear of honest citizens of power reflect the times.

Glenda Farrell as Torchy is both annoying and an interesting feminine hero. She is a fast-talking, hard-boiled, strong woman lead -- which is what is needed to carry off the theme of the outsider who helps the police. Torchy's long-suffering fiancé, Detective Lieutenant Steve McBride (Barton MacLane), alternates between depending upon and rescuing Torchy. Actually Farrell and MacLane are a good team. Sidekick police officer Gahagan (Tom Kennedy) is in the mold of many other detective sidekicks of the era. As in most stores of this type, the police cannot succeed without the intervention of the amateur detective. John Miljan plays the part of Dolan most believably.

In the end, Torchy is tricked into running for Mayor, wins the election, but at the sight of a baby at a press conference, opts for marriage and a home rather than a career. That ending played much better in 1939 than it would today.


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