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The Adventurous Blonde (1937)

After rival reporters, jealous of Torchy's success, conspire to fake the murder of an actor in order to embarrass her, he ends up being strangled.

Director:

Frank McDonald (as Frank MacDonald)

Writers:

Robertson White (original screenplay), David Diamond (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Glenda Farrell ... Torchy Blane
Barton MacLane ... Steve MacBride
Anne Nagel ... Grace Brown
Tom Kennedy ... Gahagan
George E. Stone ... Pete
Natalie Moorhead ... Theresa Gray
William Hopper ... Matt
Charley Foy ... Dud
Anderson Lawler ... Hugo Brand
Bobby Watson ... Mugsy
Charles C. Wilson ... Mortimer Gray (as Charles Wilson)
Virginia Brissac ... Mrs. Jenny Hammond
Leyland Hodgson ... Harvey Hammond (as Leland Hodgson)
Raymond Hatton ... Maxie
Frank Shannon ... Captain McTavish
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Storyline

Angry that police detective Steve McBride is giving preferential treatment to his fiancée, reporter Torchy Blane, reporters from a rival newspaper plan a fake murder with the idea that Torchy's paper will print the story and look foolish, teaching a lesson to Torchy and McBride. The tables are turned when the fake murder turns out to be the genuine article. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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GANGWAY FOR TORCHY! SHE'S GOIN' TO TOWN! See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 November 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Torchy Blane, the Adventurous Blonde See more »

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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

When McBride tells the dead actor to get up from the floor (after he finds out about the hoax that runs out to be real), the dead man moves slightly. See more »

Quotes

Lieutenant Steve 'Stevie' MacBride: Cleveland? Cleveland? What's in Cleveland?
Detective Gahagan: Ohio.
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Connections

Follows Fly Away Baby (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

The Wedding March
(1843)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61"
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Hummed by Glenda Farrell and Tom Kennedy
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The Best to Date
16 January 2013 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The Adventurous Blonde (1937)

*** (out of 4)

The third film in the series has Torchy Blane (Glenda Farrell) and Lt. MacBride (Barton MacLane) soon to be married, which drives her fellow reporters crazy because they feel she'll get all the scoops. To get even with her they get a famous actor needing publicity to pretend to be murdered so that Torchy will report the story and then get in trouble. The tables turn however when the actor ends up murdered just the way the joke was supposed to happen. This third film in the series is actually the best up to this point thanks in large part to the cast doing a fine job but the story here is also extremely well-done with a couple nice twists at the end. The idea of a "joke" murder getting into the newspaper is a bit far-fetched but I really thought this was rather fun at the start of the picture. The jealousy of the male reporters was quite funny but once the murder takes place things get a lot more serious. As someone who watches every "B" murder/mystery that comes on TCM, I must admit that the story here was quite good and especially the various suspects and their connection to the victim. Farrell and MacLane are both at the top of their game here with the chemistry flying high. Anne Nagel, George E. Stone and Tom Kennedy are all good in their supporting bits as is Anderson Lawler, , Leyland Hodgson and Virginia Brissac. The twist at the end is something I won't give away but I serious doubt anyone will see it coming.


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