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Torchy Blane in Panama (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 7 May 1938 (USA)
Torchy, Steve, and Gahagan are on the trail of a bank robber aboard an ocean liner traveling from New York to L.A. via the Panama Canal.

Director:

William Clemens

Writers:

Frederick Nebel (characters), Anthony Coldeway (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lola Lane ... Torchy Blane
Paul Kelly ... Steve McBride
Tom Kennedy ... Gahagan
Anthony Averill ... Stan Crafton
Larry Williams Larry Williams ... Bill Canby
Betty Compson ... Kitty
Hugh O'Connell ... Skinner
Jimmy Conlin ... Botkin (as James Conlon)
Joe Cunningham Joe Cunningham ... Maxie
Frank Shannon ... Captain McTavish
Eric Stanley Eric Stanley ... Captain McDonald
John Ridgely ... Reynolds (as John Ridgeley)
George Guhl ... Desk Sergeant Graves
George Regas ... Gomez
Jack Mower ... Ship's Officer
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Storyline

Determined to scoop the other newspapers, reporter Torchy Blane convinces her boyfriend, police lieutenant Steve McBride, that the only way the perpetrator of a recent bank robbery could fence the stolen money is to exchange it in Panama. Torchy, accompanied by McBride, blundering police sergeant Gahagan and smarmy rival reporter Bill Canby are off on a luxury liner to Panama carrying a boat load of Los Angeles Leopard lodge members, one of whom figures to be the robbery suspect. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Comedy | Crime | Mystery

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Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

7 May 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Quando Nos Casamos See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The fifth of nine "Torchy Blane" films released by Warner Brothers from 1937 to 1939, and one of two where Torchy was not played by Glenda Farrell. See more »

Quotes

Torchy Blane: Gahagan, lead me to Steve.
Detective Gahagan: Oh, Torchy, this is moider!
Torchy Blane: No, just a little quiet mayhem.
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Connections

Followed by Torchy Runs for Mayor (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

California, Here I Come
(1924) (uncredited)
Music by Joseph Meyer
Lyrics by Al Jolson and Buddy G. DeSylva
Sung by members of the Loyal Order of Leopards aboard ship
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Replacement leads sunk by lack of script
6 December 2012 | by csteidlerSee all my reviews

Everybody wants Torchy off of the case: Her fiancé Lieutenant Steve McBride, police captain McTavish, rival reporter Bill Canby—all strongly discourage and ridicule Torchy's detecting abilities. –Which is kind of depressing because she's way smarter than any of these guys.

Lola Lane as reporter Torchy Blane is a bright spot in this otherwise pretty unimaginative series entry. Lane's Torchy is energetic, snappy, practically impossible to intimidate. She responds to Steve's efforts to push her away from playing detective by pinching his cheek: "Whatsa matter, Stevie, need help?"

Paul Kelly does not fare so well as Steve McBride….Unfortunately, the character this time around is neither sympathetic nor smart. Kelly does his best to inject some spirit into the character's sour disposition, but just isn't given much to work with.

Both Lane and Kelly made only this one appearance in the Torchy Blane series, and they really don't develop much chemistry in one short picture. (Original series stars Glenda Farrell and Barton McLane returned to the roles by the next entry.)

Tom Kennedy does appear once again as police driver Gahagan—he's still composing poetry, and he is also a member of a lodge called the Leopards whose parade leads them right past a bank that is being robbed. More than comic relief this time around, Gahagan actually spots at least one key clue….

Besides a bank robbery, the plot involves $90,000 of stolen money hidden inside of a stuffed leopard, a chase to Panama in pursuit of a suspect…and Torchy's striped pajamas.

Lane is definitely fun to watch…but overall, the story really lacks suspense and is only moderately amusing. Interesting for Torchy's fans but no great shakes.


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