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The Adventurous Blonde (1937)

After rival reporters, jealous of Torchy's success, conspire to fake the murder of an actor in order to embarrass her, he ends up being strangled.


Frank McDonald (as Frank MacDonald)


Robertson White (original screenplay), David Diamond (original screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Glenda Farrell ... Torchy Blane
Barton MacLane ... Steve MacBride
Anne Nagel ... Grace Brown
Tom Kennedy ... Gahagan
George E. Stone ... Pete
Natalie Moorhead ... Theresa Gray
William Hopper ... Matt
Charley Foy ... Dud
Anderson Lawler ... Hugo Brand
Bobby Watson ... Mugsy
Charles C. Wilson ... Mortimer Gray (as Charles Wilson)
Virginia Brissac ... Mrs. Jenny Hammond
Leyland Hodgson ... Harvey Hammond (as Leland Hodgson)
Raymond Hatton ... Maxie
Frank Shannon ... Captain McTavish


Angry that police detective Steve McBride is giving preferential treatment to his fiancée, reporter Torchy Blane, reporters from a rival newspaper plan a fake murder with the idea that Torchy's paper will print the story and look foolish, teaching a lesson to Torchy and McBride. The tables are turned when the fake murder turns out to be the genuine article. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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SHE WANTED A LITTLE SUICIDE! HE WANTS A LITTLE FIRSEIDE! (original print ad-all caps) See more »


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The plane at the end of the film is an American Airlines Douglas DC-3-A made in 1937, registration NC17336, named "Flagship Boston". It flew for AA from 1937 to 1948. It was last registered with the FAA in 1976 and its certificate was canceled in 2013. See more »


At the beginning of the film, Steve walks out to see the desk sergeant. Someone tries to throw confetti on him to celebrate his impending marriage to Torchy, but misses. When Steve initially talks to the desk sergeant, there is no strip of confetti on his right shoulder. Then in the next shot it appears. In subsequent shots it keeps changing position on his right shoulder until he goes to see the captain and it disappears. See more »


Lieutenant Steve 'Stevie' MacBride: [to Mugsy] You knock on everything except the door, don't you?
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Follows Smart Blonde (1937) See more »


The Wedding March
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61"
Written by Felix Mendelssohn
Hummed by Glenda Farrell and Tom Kennedy
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Odd setup develops into exciting and very fast paced mystery
3 October 2012 | by csteidlerSee all my reviews

Torchy and Steve just might get married this time around: they've got the license and the minister and are meeting at the station. But wait—the boys from the rival paper hatch a plan: they stage a phony murder, arrange for Steve to be called in to investigate, and hire an actor to play the corpse.

—Heavy on the comedy so far, but when the "corpse" is really murdered, the plot thickens into a somewhat convoluted but very funny comedy-mystery, the third film in the Torchy Blane series (and third of the same year!).

Barton McLane is fine in his third go-round as Steve McBride, serious-minded police detective; gruff but loyal and tenacious, Lieutenant McBride seems to be getting smarter and more appealing as the series progresses.

Glenda Farrell is just great as reporter Torchy Blane, once again mixed up in a murder investigation…once again scooping her rival reporters…and once again staying approximately one step of Steve in a case that sorely interferes with their wedding plans.

Tom Kennedy is also back as Officer Gahagan, composing poetry in his spare moments and hopefully asking, "Siren and all?" every time McBride orders him to drive somewhere in a hurry.

It's an unsettled first fifteen minutes; that phony murder plot really makes little sense. Once the real plot starts rolling, however—and once Torchy is on the case—this picture is great fun and moves at a terrific pace.

The supporting cast is steady if unspectacular; the plot itself is rather complicated at times, partly because Farrell talks so fast. Luckily, the appealing main characters, and a script that gives them some good moments together, do keep things zipping right along, whether they're talking murder or marriage:

Steve: "I never know what you're gonna do next." Torchy: "You wait'll we're married."

Exceedingly light but delicious.

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13 November 1937 (USA) See more »

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Torchy Blane, the Adventurous Blonde See more »

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