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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 »


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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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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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Did You Know?


Though released six weeks after the Hindenburg disaster, which put a stop to all commercial dirigible flights, the film's climax occurs on a German dirigible and it contains stock footage of a zeppelin, probably the Hindenburg. 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 »


Lt. Steve 'Skipper' McBride: Why don't you stop trying to be a detective?
Torchy Blane: [Sassily] Why don't you start?
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Followed by Blondes at Work (1938) See more »

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Globe-trotting tale boiled down to fit into cute one-hour detective comedy
25 September 2012 | by csteidlerSee all my reviews

Lieutenant Steve McBride (Barton McLane) stalks away from reporter and girlfriend Torchy Blane (Glenda Farrell). "You've wasted all of my time that you're gonna," he growls back at her. "From now on I handle this case alone."

–Of course, Steve should know better…it's clear by this point that Skipper (as she affectionately calls him) probably wouldn't get anywhere without Torchy's persistent "interference." Glenda Farrell is excellent in this second Torchy Blane series mystery. Perky, pesky, self-assured—Farrell is perfect as the adventurous newshound. McLane is good, too as the affectionate but gruff detective.

The case begins with a diamond robbery and the murder of a jeweler. The leading suspect, at least in Torchy's book, is a rival publisher's son, who is about to embark on a round the world trip as a publicity stunt. On the spur of the moment, Torchy decides to follow him—as does a third reporter, and they all talk their publishers into promoting it as a race.

Also on the trip is Sergeant Gahagan (Tom Kennedy), Steve's one-time driver who has actually quit the police force to set out on a secret new career. Gahagan must have made a hit in the first Torchy picture, because his role here—the lumbering cop with the heart of a Romantic—is much expanded.

Some neat stock footage of foreign locales, ships, airplanes and even a zeppelin add interest; the plot, while it covers a lot of geography, is admittedly pretty basic. In any case, it's the trio of main characters—especially Torchy—who are the main attraction in this very enjoyable comedy-mystery.

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