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Fly Away Baby (1937)

Torchy Blane solves a murder and smuggling case during a round-the-world flight.


Frank McDonald


Don Ryan (screen play), Kenneth Gamet (screen play) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Glenda Farrell ... Torchy Blane
Barton MacLane ... Steve McBride
Gordon Oliver ... Lucien 'Sonny' Croy
Hugh O'Connell ... Hughie Sprague
Marcia Ralston ... Ila Sayre
Tom Kennedy ... Gahagan
Joe King ... Mr. Guy Allister (as Joseph King)
Raymond Hatton ... Maxie Monkhouse
Gordon Hart Gordon Hart ... Mr. Sills
Anderson Lawler ... Alexander L. Torey
Harry Davenport ... Colonel Higgam
Emmett Vogan Emmett Vogan ... Clifford Vance
George Guhl ... Desk Sergeant


Torchy and Steve are investigating a murder/jewel theft with roots in Germany. She lobbies her publisher to underwrite her participation in an around-the-world airplane race because arrogant businessman 'Sonny' Croy will be a participant. Not only is he a prime suspect in the case, but the international itinerary includes Frankfort, Germany. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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The DC-3 seen in the film, NC16002, disappeared on a flight from San Juan, Puerto Rico to Miami in 1948, and has been referred to as a possible Bermuda Triangle mystery. See more »


The passengers are shown boarding a Pan Am Martin M-130 with registration NC14715, but the plane shown taxiing for take-off has registration NC14714. See more »


Hughie Sprague: Are you a married man?
Sgt. Orville Gahagan: And how! Is it noticeable?
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Followed by Torchy Blane.. Playing with Dynamite (1939) See more »

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Smart Blonde is better

Fly Away Baby is the second in the Torchy Blane series about a smart girl newspaper reporter whose boyfriend is a police detective. I thought Glenda Ferrell was good in Smart Blonde. Both movies have the same director and the detective boyfriend is the same actor, but somehow Fly Away Baby just isn't a very interesting story. As another user points out, it includes the rather absurd situation of a "race" between three people who all fly together on the same planes. There is one especially interesting thing about this movie. It was based in part on Dorothy Kilgallen, who was a real female crime reporter and later became popular on the TV show "What's My Line?" Dorothy Kilgallen actually raced around the world against two other people, then wrote a book about it called Girl Around the World. She came in second, so evidently that race was real. I'm giving Fly Away Baby three stars for Glenda Farrell's performance as Torchy, but as a mystery it really falls flat. Note, if you like Glenda Farrell, I highly recommend the 1933 movie Mystery of the Wax Museum.

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English | German

Release Date:

19 June 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Adventures of Torchy Blane See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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1.37 : 1
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