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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 ...
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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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 »


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 »


Steve McBride: [In a self-deprecating way] A fool there was, and here he is!
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Followed by Torchy Blane.. Playing with Dynamite (1939) See more »


Rock-a-Bye Baby
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Music and Lyrics by Effie I. Canning
In the score when Torchy starts her baby campaign
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Goodbye to Farrell
12 May 2013 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Torchy Runs for Mayor (1939)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

The eighth film in the Warner series turned out to be Glenda Farrell's last as she would walk away from the series after appearing in seven of the films. This time out she's trying to bring down a group of racketeers and dirty politicians but to do so she must put herself in danger by trying to run against them for the Mayor office. TORCHY RUNS FOR MAYOR isn't going to win any awards but there's enough going in it to make it worth watching for fans of the series. The story itself is pretty much your typical "B" plot that you could find in dozens of Warner pictures. We've got the dirty gangster who is using money to get into politics. You've got the cops and newspaper editors who are too scared to stand up against them. You then have the hero who will stop at nothing to bring them down. I do wonder why the gangsters would kill anyone who got in their way yet they seem to let Torchy do pretty much anything instead of just knocking her off. Farrell is in pretty good form here as she once again has no problem slipping into the role. The screenplay actually doesn't give her too much to do and there's a good portion of the film where she doesn't appear at all. Both Barton MacLane and Tom Kennedy are good in their parts but they too really aren't given anything special to do. Director Ray McCarey at least keeps the 60-minute running time moving at a fast pace and there's certainly nothing harmful here.

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