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Torchy Blane.. Playing with Dynamite (1939)

Approved | | Action, Comedy, Mystery | 12 August 1939 (USA)
Torchy Blane and Steve McBride try to nab a gangster by tracking his moll.

Director:

Noel M. Smith (as Noel Smith)

Writers:

Earle Snell (screen play), Charles Belden (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Wyman ... Torchy Blane
Allen Jenkins ... Lt. Steve McBride
Tom Kennedy ... Gahagan
Sheila Bromley ... 'Jackie' McGuire
Joe Cunningham Joe Cunningham ... Maxie
Eddie Marr Eddie Marr ... Denver Eddie
Edgar Dearing ... Jim Simmons (as Edgar Deering)
Frank Shannon ... Inspector McTavish
Bruce MacFarlane Bruce MacFarlane ... Bugsie
George Lloyd ... Harp
Aldrich Bowker ... Judge Hershey
John Ridgely ... Reporter at the Wrestling Match
Larry Williams ... Reporter with Pipe
John Harron ... Motorcycle Policeman
Cliff Clark Cliff Clark ... Mike Kelly
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Storyline

While in traffic court, Torchy bumps into Jackie Maguire, girlfriend of the notorious hoodlum Denver Eddie, who is sentenced to jail for shoplifting. Torchy gets herself thrown into jail by turning in false alarms and ultimately befriends Maguire. With police collusion, she escapes to San Francisco taking Maguire with in in hopes of capturing Denver Eddie. Steve and Gahagan follow undercover in hopes of collecting the $5000 reward as a down payment for house for him and Torchy, but not before Steve is spotted and Gahagan ends up in the wrestling ring and gets a chance to settle a score with an old opponent. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Taglines:

RUN FOR YOUR LIFE! (original ad- all caps)

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Mystery

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 August 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Torchy Plays with Dynamite 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

Jane Wyman, who plays Torchy in this film, appeared as the hat check girl in the first Torchy Blane feature. See more »

Goofs

During the fight in the jail, one inmate throws a stool at another inmate and misses her. The stool hits the supposedly brick wall, leaving a big dent. See more »

Quotes

Harp: Yah, we saw him down in El Paso one time. He got so tangled up he pert near bit off his own ear.
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Follows Blondes at Work (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

The Man I Love
(1924) (uncredited)
Music by George Gershwin
Heard often as background music
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Speeding Gets Torchy A Scoop
1 November 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

For the final entry of this series, Torchy Blane, girl reporter on a quaint metropolitan New York newspaper gets herself pinched speeding to file a story. Turns out to be a lucky break because she gets tossed into jail with Sheila Bromley, girlfriend of notorious bank robber Eddie Marr.

The original stars of the series, Glenda Farrell and Barton MacLane as NYPD Detective Steve McBride were replaced by Jane Wyman and Allen Jenkins. This may have been the only time in screen history that Allen Jenkins got the girl. They were fine in the parts, but the public didn't accept them and the series was discontinued.

Along though for the final ride was Tom Kennedy who was McBride's cop sidekick as he was for the rest of the series. Kennedy was a former boxer who was also a former wrestler. Familiarity with the squared circle plays an important part in what was a most interesting climax to the film.

Torchy Plays With Dynamite was something I'm sure entertained many people on the double bill who might have come to see one of Warner Brothers big budget attractions like Dodge City in 1939. It's fast paced and amusing and no one I'm sure walked out.


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