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Torchy Blane in Chinatown (1939)

Torchy Blane has to solve a blackmail case.

Director:

William Beaudine

Writers:

Frederick Nebel (characters), Murray Leinster (original story "The Purple Hieroglyph") (as Will Jenkins) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Glenda Farrell ... Torchy Blane
Barton MacLane ... Police Lieutenant Steve McBride
Tom Kennedy ... Gahagan
Henry O'Neill ... Senator Baldwin
Patric Knowles ... Captain Condon
James Stephenson ... Mr. Mansfield
Janet Shaw ... Janet Baldwin
Frank Shannon ... Captain McTavish
George Guhl ... Desk Sergeant
Anderson Lawler ... Allan Fitzhugh
Richard Bond ... Staunton
Eddy Chandler Eddy Chandler ... Captain McDonald (as Ed Chandler)
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Storyline

Newspaper reporter "Torchy" Blaine and police detective Steve McBride are on the trail of an Oriental gang that has committed three murders. Also on hand is a fabricated Scotland Yard operative who is a phony, and has two others assisting him in an effort to throw the police department off the trail; they are trying to exhort $250,000 from a young rich man who is trying to marry a senator's daughter. A submarine gets involved. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El jade fatal See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The print actually credits the "original story" to Murray Leinster and Will Jenkins. Perhaps the filmmakers didn't realize that "Will Jenkins" is a pseudonym for Leinster, but it was probably just an inside joke. See more »

Goofs

The money in the small bag handed over to the three men in the boat, although in fake currency, appears to be mostly $1 bills - in bundles marked $1,000, though in stacks to small for that amount in singles. Even with $1,000 bundles there would have to be 250 of them and only about a tenth of that is shown in the small bag. $250,000 in $1 bills would also weigh about 550 pounds. See more »

Quotes

Det. Lt. Steve 'Mac' McBride: I've got an idea.
Torchy Blane: Give it to me. I'll sew a button on it.
Det. Lt. Steve 'Mac' McBride: What?
Torchy Blane: I said you'd better get working on it.
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Connections

Edited from The Hatchet Man (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

Garden of the Moon
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played when Torchy turns over the cards when playing bridge
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"You ain't no lady. You're a reporter."
26 May 2017 | by utgard14See all my reviews

The seventh in the Torchy Blane series and the penultimate one for Glenda Farrell and Barton MacLane. This time our heroes try to foil an extortion plot. As with the last film, this one has a different vibe to it than the first four Farrell movies. The focus isn't mostly on Torchy, but rather the cops and the criminal plot. Great supporting cast that includes Henry O'Neill, Patric Knowles, Frank Shannon, James Stephenson, and Janet Shaw. The regulars - Farrell, MacLane, and Tom Kennedy - are all good.

This one has a more of a Charlie Chan feel to it, and not because of the Chinese elements. The villains' plot isn't obvious and keeps the viewers (and the dimwitted coppers) guessing. The climax is hilariously offensive, so a point for that, but also has annoying music that doesn't quite fit the on screen action and goes on too long, so deduct a point for that. Worth a look for fans of the series or just B movies in general. But this isn't Torchy Blane at her best.


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