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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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She Chased a Man Around the World to Marry Another! (Print Ad-Windsor Daily Star, ((Windsor, PO)) 30 October 1937)


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Did You Know?


The $250,000 taken in the robbery would be the equivalent of $4.2M in 2016. 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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Edited from Flirtation Walk (1934) See more »

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Working Class Tracy/Hepburn
5 January 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Some of the Torchy Blane films are better than others and Fly Away Baby falls in the middle. Now you have to approach these series films with a more charitable perspective. Except for The Thin Man series all the series films back in the studio days were B picture programmers.

Fly Away Baby has reporter Torchy Blane hot on the trail of a jewel thief and murderer. She's got one suspect in her sights, but another comes as a bit of a surprise to her. Of course she's once again treading on the toes of her homicide cop boyfriend Barton MacLane as Lieutenant Steve McBride. MacLane is the original alpha male, but Glenda Farrell gives as good as she gets.

In fact even when the plots are sub par as this one really is, the Torchy Blane series always has that marvelous chemistry between Farrell and MacLane. Farrell in this series gets a chance to shine in a way she never did mostly getting parts that Joan Blondell rejected at Warner Brothers. These two are like a working class Tracy and Hepburn.

And Barton MacLane I'm told was a whole lot like Steve McBride other than a lot of four letter words peppered his daily conversation. Usually he's a bad guy in his early film days, but it's a treat to see him on the side of the law. Folks always seem to be a step ahead of him though whether it's Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon or Torchy in this series.

Also there's Tom Kennedy who gives a droll performance as that thick as a brick assistant. Torchy and McBride are miles ahead of him.

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English | German

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19 June 1937 (USA) See more »

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The Adventures of Torchy Blane See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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