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Torchy Blane in Chinatown (1939)

Torchy Blane has to solve a blackmail case.

Director:

William Beaudine

Writers:

Frederick Nebel (characters), Murray Leinster (original story "The Purple Hieroglyph") (as Will Jenkins) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Glenda Farrell ... Torchy Blane
Barton MacLane ... Police Lieutenant Steve McBride
Tom Kennedy ... Gahagan
Henry O'Neill ... Senator Baldwin
Patric Knowles ... Captain Condon
James Stephenson ... Mr. Mansfield
Janet Shaw ... Janet Baldwin
Frank Shannon ... Captain McTavish
George Guhl ... Desk Sergeant
Anderson Lawler ... Allan Fitzhugh
Richard Bond ... Staunton
Eddy Chandler Eddy Chandler ... Captain McDonald (as Ed Chandler)
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Storyline

Newspaper reporter "Torchy" Blaine and police detective Steve McBride are on the trail of an Oriental gang that has committed three murders. Also on hand is a fabricated Scotland Yard operative who is a phony, and has two others assisting him in an effort to throw the police department off the trail; they are trying to exhort $250,000 from a young rich man who is trying to marry a senator's daughter. A submarine gets involved. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El jade fatal See more »

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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Tucson Friday 30 November 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9); it first aired in Portland OR Friday 28 June 1957 on KPTV (Channel 12), and in Honolulu Monday 22 July 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13). See more »

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The Senator states that he is going to announce his daughter's engagement at a party at his Long Island house in three days, on Friday, in the evening. To shift the movie to the party a copy of the party invitation is shown. The invitation announces that the party is on Monday. See more »

Quotes

Det. Lt. Steve 'Mac' McBride: I've got an idea.
Torchy Blane: Give it to me. I'll sew a button on it.
Det. Lt. Steve 'Mac' McBride: What?
Torchy Blane: I said you'd better get working on it.
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Connections

Followed by Torchy Runs for Mayor (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Garden of the Moon
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Music by Harry Warren
Played when Torchy turns over the cards when playing bridge
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Blackmail in Chinatown
16 March 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Glenda Farrell really shows up the police department in Torchy Blane In Chinatown. She's got the whole thing figured out long before the cops get wise. Of course interestingly enough the apprehension of the villains themselves is a really good idea cooked up by Barton MacLane.

Henry O'Neill plays a US Senator who is a collector of Chinese jade and when he purchases some jade death masks he gets threats, the unsigned note threats and in Chinese. Fortunately Patric Knowles is around to translate the threats.

Their ancestors graves have been defamed, but a little American hard cash will sooth the ancestor's feelings and be good for their descendants as well. It all smells pretty bad, but it's Torchy Blane who catches the right whiff.

Tom Kennedy as Geohagen once again steals the show. Seeing Kennedy in New York harbor rowing that boat to the final rendezvous was quite a sight.

If Torchy could figure it out you can too. Even with that the film is still kind of fun. And MacLane comes in handy in the apprehension. You have to see what he uses.


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