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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.


William Clemens


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




Cast overview, first billed only:
Lola Lane ... Torchy Blane
Paul Kelly ... Steve McBride
Tom Kennedy ... Gahagan
Anthony Averill ... Stan Crafton
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


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



Did You Know?


The plane Torchy takes off in is a Stearman C3B, registration NC4099. This particular aircraft appeared in at least 20 films between 1932 and 1941. Only 179 C3's were built from 1927 to 1929. See more »


When Torchy Blaine temporarily gives Crafton the stuffed leopard mascot, he takes it to his room and stuffs the stolen bank money inside the leopard which would have made the mascot a lot heavier. But when Carlton returns the mascot to her; the considerable added weight goes unnoticed. See more »


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


You're an Education
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played by the band aboard ship
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Torchy in name only
1 July 2004 | by mmtoucanSee all my reviews

Wide-eyed, beautiful brunette Lola Lane assumes the role of Torchy Blaine, a role Warner Bros. created for the blonde and brassy Glenda Farrell. She starred in the previous seven. No longer the smartest person in the room, this Torchy is probably the most athletic: parachuting, jitterbugging, jumping ship and climbing walls. The character is now more adventuress than working girl. Comedy now dominates the series, with Tom Kennedy's part expanded. A parade of his goofy Lodge of the Leopard opens the film. Briefly seen is a float of black-faced white guys in leopard skins. Lola was one of the Lane Sisters that Warner Bros. put under contract. Among her husbands were Lew Ayres and Roland West.

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

7 May 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Quando Nos Casamos See more »

Filming Locations:

Canal Zone, Panama See more »

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1.37 : 1
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