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Torchy Runs for Mayor (1939)

Torchy conducts a one woman campaign against a corrupt mayor and crime boss, and when the reform candidate is murdered, she takes up the banner.

Director:

Ray McCarey

Writers:

Earle Snell (original screenplay), Irving Rubine (from an idea by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Glenda Farrell ... Torchy Blane
Barton MacLane ... Steve McBride
Tom Kennedy ... Gahagan
John Miljan ... Dr. Dolan
Frank Shannon ... Captain McTavish
Joe Cunningham Joe Cunningham ... Maxie - Editor
George Guhl ... Desk Sergeant Graves
Joe Downing Joe Downing ... Spuds O'Brien
Irving Bacon ... Hubert Ward
John Butler ... Chuck Ball
Charles Richman ... Mayor John Saunders
John Harron ... Dibble
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Storyline

Torchy Blane is investigating the political career of mayor Dr. Dolan, who has installed a corrupt leadership. She demands a new election, and after the opposition's candidate is murdered, she decides to run for mayor. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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:Marry Me An Be Police Commissioner! Stay Single And Be The Dog Catcher" ( original ad ) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Secretos del periodismo See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's earliest documented telecasts took place in Tucson Sunday 2 September 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9) and in Albuquerque Thursday 29 November 1956 on KOAT (Channel 7); it first aired in Honolulu Friday 5 July 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), in Indianapolis Wednesday 24 July 1957 on WISH (Channel 6), and in Pittsburgh Tuesday 10 December 1957 on KDKA (Channel 2), and again in Albuquerque Saturday 15 December 1956 on KOB (Channel 4). See more »

Goofs

When McBride and Gahagan enter O'Brien's apartment, the light coming in through the window is off a beat or two before the lights come on inside when McBride throws the switch. A similar goof occurs during the fight in the lab. The oil lamp on the table is knocked over and goes out, but there is a delay in the light in the room going out - and then another delay before the light coming in through the window comes on. See more »

Quotes

Steve McBride: That's what you get for tryin' to marry a jumpin' jack!
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References A Fool There Was (1915) See more »

Soundtracks

Rock-a-Bye Baby
(1886) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Effie I. Canning
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Goodbye to Farrell
12 May 2013 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Torchy Runs for Mayor (1939)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

The eighth film in the Warner series turned out to be Glenda Farrell's last as she would walk away from the series after appearing in seven of the films. This time out she's trying to bring down a group of racketeers and dirty politicians but to do so she must put herself in danger by trying to run against them for the Mayor office. TORCHY RUNS FOR MAYOR isn't going to win any awards but there's enough going in it to make it worth watching for fans of the series. The story itself is pretty much your typical "B" plot that you could find in dozens of Warner pictures. We've got the dirty gangster who is using money to get into politics. You've got the cops and newspaper editors who are too scared to stand up against them. You then have the hero who will stop at nothing to bring them down. I do wonder why the gangsters would kill anyone who got in their way yet they seem to let Torchy do pretty much anything instead of just knocking her off. Farrell is in pretty good form here as she once again has no problem slipping into the role. The screenplay actually doesn't give her too much to do and there's a good portion of the film where she doesn't appear at all. Both Barton MacLane and Tom Kennedy are good in their parts but they too really aren't given anything special to do. Director Ray McCarey at least keeps the 60-minute running time moving at a fast pace and there's certainly nothing harmful here.


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