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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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Complete credited cast:
Glenda Farrell ...
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 ...


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 <>

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mayor | torchy blane | murder | election | book | See more »


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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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 »


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 »


Torchy Blane: You think they might tie a can to you, Steve?
Steve McBride: Why certainly, they might. Awh, it's not just myself I'm thinkin' about. I've gotta consider which side our bread is buttered on - yours as well as mine.
Torchy Blane: Oh, no, you don't, now. Not OUR bread, not until the rice begins to fly. Until then, I have my own slice to butter.
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Follows Torchy Gets Her Man (1938) See more »


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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Snappy dialog, serious overtones in entertaining crime drama
29 March 2013 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

Reporter Torchy Blane denounces City Hall corruption in a series of scathing newspaper stories that are raising some serious hackles. Her fiancé, Lieutenant Steve McBride, even goes to her editor and begs him to have somebody else write the stories—he's worried about Torchy's safety.

And Steve doesn't even know about Torchy's eavesdropping operation in the City Hall basement, from which she listens in on the mayor's office, where local crime boss Dr. Dolan gives the puppet mayor his orders.

Glenda Farrell is back once again as the intrepid reporter who loves to investigate. Barton McLane as Steve is plenty solid this time around—he's still generally a step behind Torchy but isn't as much of a dunce as in a couple of earlier series entries. ("Listen, Steve," Torchy tells him at one point, "I know more about this case than you." "Well," he replies, unimpressed, "if you do I'll find it out.")

John Miljan is appropriately sinister as the wicked Dr. Dolan. In true Warner Brothers style, he talks so fast when he's excited that you can hardly understand him.

Tom Kennedy returns as Gahagan, the poetry-loving police chauffeur who loves to blow the police car siren. Even Gahagan is fairly serious and competent this time around, though he does offer a few choice bits of comic relief (like when he commends Torchy for having such "international fortitude").

An exciting climax helps distinguish this as one of the better Torchy Blane pictures. The plot is a little ridiculous (see the title) but that's kind of beside the point—it's witty, acted with enthusiasm, and moves at a terrific pace.

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