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Smart Blonde (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Mystery | 2 January 1937 (USA)
Female reporter Torchy Blane teams with her cop boyfriend Lt. Steve McBride to solve the killing of an investor who just bought a popular local nightclub.

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Complete credited cast:
... Torchy Blane
... Steve McBride
... Dolly Ireland (as Winifred Shaw)
... Fitz Mularkey
... Lewis Friel (as David Carlyle)
... Tom Carney
... Marcia Friel (as Charlotte Winters)
... Dixie - Hatcheck Girl
... 'Tiny' Torgenson
... Gahagan
... Leon Blyfuss
... Chuck Cannon
... Pickney Sax
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Journalist Torchy Blane and her fiance Lt. Steve McBride are trying to solve the murder of Tim Torgson, who was killed right before Torchy's eyes. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Comedy | Drama | Mystery

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No Hard Feelings  »

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Some cast members in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names): George Beranger (Trusty), Sol Gorss (Truck Driver), Jack Mower (Policeman) and Stuart Holmes (Houseman) See more »

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Steve McBride: [as Torchy tries to get out of the car to go with Steve] No! You wait here!
Torchy Blane: Oh, but I want to go with you!
Steve McBride: This rat hole is no place for a woman!
Torchy Blane: But I'm a newspaperman!
Steve McBride: Just sit quiet and maybe no one will notice.
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Version of A Shot in the Dark (1941) See more »

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Day Dreams
(1935) (uncredited)
Written by Lanny Ross
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"Aw gee, skipper, you're the tops!"
25 May 2017 | by See all my reviews

Good start to the B series about the fast-talking, gutsy, and snoopy lady reporter, a forerunner to Lois Lane. It has a brisk pace and a fun cast of characters. This first entry deals with the murder of a guy who just bought a popular nightclub. Reporter Torchy Blane (Glenda Farrell) and her detective boyfriend Steve McBride (Barton MacLane) set out to solve the case, together and in spite of each other.

Farrell and MacLane are both terrific in parts well-suited to their particular talents. Jane Wyman, who would later play the role of Torchy herself, has a small part here as a gabby hatcheck girl. Good support from Addison Richards, Tom Kennedy, Wini Shaw, Robert Paige, Joseph Crehan, and Charlotte Wynters (the future Mrs. Barton MacLane). If you're a fan of B's from back in the day, or just a fan of the great Glenda Farrell, you should find a lot to like here.


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