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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.

Director:

Frank McDonald

Writers:

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

Complete credited cast:
Glenda Farrell ... Torchy Blane
Barton MacLane ... Steve McBride
Wini Shaw ... Dolly Ireland (as Winifred Shaw)
Addison Richards ... Fitz Mularkey
Robert Paige ... Lewis Friel (as David Carlyle)
Craig Reynolds ... Tom Carney
Charlotte Wynters ... Marcia Friel (as Charlotte Winters)
Jane Wyman ... Dixie - Hatcheck Girl
Joseph Crehan ... 'Tiny' Torgenson
Tom Kennedy ... Gahagan
John Sheehan ... Leon Blyfuss
Max Wagner ... Chuck Cannon
George Lloyd ... Pickney Sax
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Storyline

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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Quietly LIKE A BOILER FACTORY...Torchy Blane will steal your heart! We're carrying the torch for Torchy, the smartest blonde reporter who ever found a wedding ring inside a gambling ring!

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Comedy | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 January 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

No Hard Feelings See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film was based on the McBride and Kennedy stories by Frederick Nebel. Kennedy, originally a drunken reporter, was rewritten for the brash but sober Blane. See more »

Quotes

Gahagan: What a day! What a day. I feel like a million bucks. I could write a poem, I could. A poem I could write. A poem! I could.
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Connections

Followed by Torchy Gets Her Man (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

You're Walking in My Sleep
(1935) (uncredited)
Written by Ben Oakland and Benee Russell
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Glenda Farrell as a fast talking sleuth reporter
7 November 2007 | by wetcircuitSee all my reviews

Glenda Farrell originates the role of Torchy Blain, a fast-talking wise-cracking reporter who will do anything for a scoop, including using her amiable lieutenant boyfriend to sneak into crime scenes, steal clues from the police, and even bully suspects into making false statements to find the real culprit. Farrell has a filmography a mile long, usually playing a second-fiddle gold diggers and hard-luck girls, so it's nice to see this forgotten actress take the lead in a role that is smart and funny. Lasting only an hour, SMART BLONDE is one of those "B" movies that was shown before the main feature, so don't expect deep characters or an intricate mystery, but Farrell tears through the script at lightning speed, trading quips and unraveling a murder cover-up. Barton MacLane as her lieutenant boyfriend McBride is a sturdy and likable foil -- for once the cops aren't entirely stupid. Despite some shamefully racist moments, the Torchy Blane series of films are overall very satisfying and fun. They should be remembered in the same pre-war vein as HIS GIRL Friday, where a woman could be every bit as smart and career-driven as a man. Oddly enough, Farrell played an identical character in the horror classic MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM (1933) but lost top billing to Fay Wray.


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