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Blondes at Work (1938)

Approved | | Biography, Crime, Drama | 5 February 1938 (USA)
Steve promises his captain not to favor Torchy with stories over other papers but becomes frustrated as to how she continues to scoop her rivals.

Director:

Frank McDonald

Writer:

Albert DeMond (original screen play)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Glenda Farrell ... Torchy Blane
Barton MacLane ... Lieutenant Steve McBride
Tom Kennedy ... Gahagan
Rosella Towne ... Louisa Revelle
Donald Briggs ... Maitland Greer
John Ridgely ... Regan
Betty Compson ... Blanche Revelle
Thomas E. Jackson ... Parker
Frank Shannon ... Captain McTavish
Jean Benedict Jean Benedict ... Miss Hilton - Salesgirl
Carole Landis ... Carol
Suzanne Kaaren ... Olive
Theodore von Eltz ... District Attorney (as Theodor Von Eltz)
Charles Richman ... Judge Wilson
Robert Middlemass ... Boylan - Editor
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Marvin Spencer, of the Bon Ton Department Stores, is missing, and Torchy knows how to find him. When she does, he is dead and she is the first paper to headline the death. Then she finds his girlfriend and the Star once again scoops everyone, including the police. This upsets McBride, but she hits headline after headline, until the trial is to begin. Then torchy is a follower, but she does not believe that the accused is even guilty. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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BEWARE! SNAPPY SNOOPY BLONDE AT WORK! (original poster - all caps) See more »


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Trivia

Fourth of nine "Torchy Blane" films from Warner Brothers made from 1937-39. See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning, Captain McTavis is talking to McBride and throws the newspaper down on his desk. However in the next shot he is holding the paper again. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Steve McBride: If you keep getting me into jams like this, you'll cook my goose!
Torchy Blane: [laughs] Swell! We'll fatten it up and have it for dinner.
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Connections

Followed by Torchy Blane in Panama (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

Untitled
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played when Torchy is eating a steak at the restaurant
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Scooped!
27 April 2009 | by sol-kaySee all my reviews

**SPOILERS** Coming up with scoop after scoop for her newspaper The Star hot-shot woman reporter Torchy Blane, Glenda Ferrell, is told by her boyfriend and fiancée Police Let. Steve McBride, Barton MacLane, to lay off the latest murder case that he's handling. As it turned out the murder victim department store tycoon Martin Spencer, Kenneth Harlan, was seen by Torchy being escorted into a cab by his friend Maitland Greer, Donald Briggs, just moments before he was found dead, in his room at the Park Plaza Hotel, from a stab wound.

With Torchy's latest scoop, Spencer's murder, hitting the front pages Steve's boss Capt. McTavish, Frank Shannon, orders him to keep away from Torchy, suspecting that he's providing her with secret police information, or else he'll end up pounding a beat in Staten Island. We soon realize that Capt. McTavish isn't really playing cricket in his concern about Torchy getting her hands on top secret police matters. Capt. McTavish is secretly working for Torchy's rival newspaper-The Daily Express-who frustrated editor-in him always being out-scooped by Torchy-Boyland, Robert Middlemass, want's him to cut off Torchy's access to top secret police investigation files.

With Greer, who was last seen with him alive, arrested in Spencers murder it looks like an open and shut case for the D.A's office and jury with Torchy, who somehow knows better, being the only dissenter! Getting the drop on the Greer murder jury, by listening in from a nearby supply closet, Torchy out maneuvers both Capt. McTavish and the Daily Express into thinking that the jury verdict is going to be innocent.

***SPOILERS*** To both Capt. McTavish and the Daily Express' surprise Greer is in fact found guilty in Spencers murder which has the newspaper's editor Boylan ending up with egg on his face in his jumping the gun on a breaking story that he never really had the facts for. And at the same time Torchy ends up behind bars for contempt in her manipulating, by planting false facts, the Greer verdict in order t screw-The Daily Express-her competition. As things soon turned out Torchy was in fact right in feeling that Greer was innocent, Spencer's killer later confessed, but by being behind bars she didn't have the time to write the story and have it make the front pages. It's there where Steve McBride came to Torchy's rescue in, after having Torchy released from jail, filing the story for her and at the same time giving Torchy all the credit!


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

5 February 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Flertando com o Perigo See more »

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