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Smart Blonde (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Mystery | 2 January 1937 (USA)
Female reporter Torchy Blane teams with her cop boyfriend Lt. Steve McBride to solve the killing of an investor who just bought a popular local nightclub.


Frank McDonald


Kenneth Gamet (screen play), Don Ryan (screen play) | 1 more credit »


Complete credited cast:
Glenda Farrell ... Torchy Blane
Barton MacLane ... Steve McBride
Wini Shaw ... Dolly Ireland (as Winifred Shaw)
Addison Richards ... Fitz Mularkey
Robert Paige ... Lewis Friel (as David Carlyle)
Craig Reynolds ... Tom Carney
Charlotte Wynters ... Marcia Friel (as Charlotte Winters)
Jane Wyman ... Dixie - Hatcheck Girl
Joseph Crehan ... 'Tiny' Torgenson
Tom Kennedy ... Gahagan
John Sheehan ... Leon Blyfuss
Max Wagner ... Chuck Cannon
George Lloyd ... Pickney Sax
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Journalist Torchy Blane and her fiance Lt. Steve McBride are trying to solve the murder of Tim Torgson, who was killed right before Torchy's eyes. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Quietly LIKE A BOILER FACTORY...Torchy Blane will steal your heart! We're carrying the torch for Torchy, the smartest blonde reporter who ever found a wedding ring inside a gambling ring!


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Did You Know?


The first of nine "Torchy Blane" films from Warner Brothers released from 1937 to 1939. Glenda Farrell played Torchy in seven of the nine films. See more »


Gahagan: Hypnotized, By the green in your eyes...
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Followed by Torchy Blane.. Playing with Dynamite (1939) See more »


Day Dreams
(1935) (uncredited)
Written by Lanny Ross
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Smarter Than Her Cop In Any Event
14 April 2009 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Smart Blonde is the first film of the Torchy Blane series with Glenda Farrell as former showgirl turned reporter with a real keen sense of a scoop. She works the police beat where she constantly runs up against her boyfriend, homicide cop Barton MacLane.

Depending on how you view things, Torchy's a help or a hindrance. But in this case she was literally on top of the story. Seconds after being interviewed by her, nightclub impresario Joseph Crehan is shot down in Union Station.

Crehan was going to buy a nightclub owned by Addison Richards who was getting out of the business and getting ready to marry Charlotte Wynters and go into the real estate business with her and her brother Robert Paige, leaving his club singer Wini Shaw all in distress. Another one in distress is Max Wagner, Richards's gunsill because there's not much call for his line of work in real estate.

One murder later of course Torchy's put it all together for MacLane and gets her paper the scoop. But the plot does take an interesting twist or two, it's not who you think it is.

Jane Wyman has a small supporting role as a hatcheck girl with a tendency to gossip which aids Farrell in her story. This was of course at the beginning of Wyman's career which included a film as Torchy Blane herself when Farrell quit the series.

Smart Blonde proves how popular the Torchy Blane series was at Warner Brothers and why it was so well received in the late Thirties.

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2 January 1937 (USA) See more »

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