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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
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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 fifth of nine "Torchy Blane" films released by Warner Brothers from 1937 to 1939, and one of two where Torchy was not played by Glenda Farrell. 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 »


California, Here I Come
(1924) (uncredited)
Music by Joseph Meyer
Lyrics by Al Jolson and Buddy G. DeSylva
Sung by members of the Loyal Order of Leopards aboard ship
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User Reviews

"When A Leopard says Meow"
26 January 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Tom Kennedy as leadfooted and deadheaded Sergeant Geoghan gets a bit more screen time in this Torchy Blane film as his lodge The Leopards is used as a cover for a bank robbery. Think how Amos and Andy would feel if the Mystic Knights of the Sea was so dishonored or Ralph Kramden if someone did that to the Loyal Order of the Racoons. Good thing Kennedy got so much screen time as movie audiences apparently missed Glenda Farrell and Barton MacLane. I sure missed them myself.

Lola Lane and Paul Kelly are the stars of Torchy Blane In Panama and they didn't click with me either. Pity because this was one of the better Blane stories. A bank robber robs a bank during the middle of the Leopard Convention Parade in Manhattan and kills a teller. The perpetrator makes off with $90,000.00 in consecutive bills and our ace reporter Torchy finds a Leopard Lodge pin at the scene.

A little detective work and Lane, Kelly, and Kennedy are off on a cruise ship to Panama figuring that it's a good place to fence hot money. Kelly to put Torchy in her place brings along rival reporter Larry Williams whose an obnoxious sort. But Lane's way ahead of all of them, though it nearly gets her killed.

What Farrell and MacLane could have done with this.

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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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