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Torchy Blane.. Playing with Dynamite (1939)

Approved | | Action, Comedy, Mystery | 12 August 1939 (USA)
Torchy Blane and Steve McBride try to nab a gangster by tracking his moll.


Noel M. Smith (as Noel Smith)


Earle Snell (screen play), Charles Belden (screen play) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Wyman ... Torchy Blane
Allen Jenkins ... Lt. Steve McBride
Tom Kennedy ... Gahagan
Sheila Bromley ... 'Jackie' McGuire
Joe Cunningham Joe Cunningham ... Maxie
Eddie Marr Eddie Marr ... Denver Eddie
Edgar Dearing ... Jim Simmons (as Edgar Deering)
Frank Shannon ... Inspector McTavish
Bruce MacFarlane Bruce MacFarlane ... Bugsie
George Lloyd ... Harp
Aldrich Bowker ... Judge Hershey
John Ridgely ... Reporter at the Wrestling Match
Larry Williams ... Reporter with Pipe
John Harron ... Motorcycle Policeman
Cliff Clark Cliff Clark ... Mike Kelly


While in traffic court, Torchy bumps into Jackie Maguire, girlfriend of the notorious hoodlum Denver Eddie, who is sentenced to jail for shoplifting. Torchy gets herself thrown into jail by turning in false alarms and ultimately befriends Maguire. With police collusion, she escapes to San Francisco taking Maguire with in in hopes of capturing Denver Eddie. Steve and Gahagan follow undercover in hopes of collecting the $5000 reward as a down payment for house for him and Torchy, but not before Steve is spotted and Gahagan ends up in the wrestling ring and gets a chance to settle a score with an old opponent. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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RUN FOR YOUR LIFE! (original ad- all caps)


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Release Date:

12 August 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Torchy Plays with Dynamite See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Jane Wyman, who plays Torchy in this film, appeared as the hat check girl in the first Torchy Blane feature. See more »


In the courtroom, Torchy's real given name is announced as "Helen" (or "Ellen"; it's hard to hear exactly), but in an earlier film in the series, when a handsome young cop was giving Torchy a ticket, she told him to replace her nickname "Torchy" with "Theresa" (or "Teresa" or "Tereza"), which must therefore be her given name. Presumably this detail wasn't considered important enough for the various screenwriters (who kept changing throughout the series) to keep track of. See more »


Lt. Steve McBride: Can I have a cigarette?
[Bugsie does not respond]
Lt. Steve McBride: In Mexico when they put a guy up against the wall, they give 'em a cigarette.
Bugsie - Denver Henchman: This ain't Mexico.
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Follows Torchy Blane in Panama (1938) See more »


The Man I Love
(1924) (uncredited)
Music by George Gershwin
Heard often as background music
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Watch Harry the Horse Wrestle Bone Crusher
3 July 2004 | by Jim TrittenSee all my reviews

Jane Wyman and Allen Jenkins team up as the reporter/detective pair in their first but also the series final episode. Wyman looks great but simply does not have the wisecracking hard-boiled presence of the annoying Glenda Farrell. Jenkins is fair but Barton MacLane is better.

As in the rest of the series and many other films of this type, the amateur is a necessary component of bringing the criminal to justice. Torchy goes undercover in jail and on the lam in order to meet up with the notorious Denver Eddie. By the end of the movie she is in the arms of fiancé Detective Lieutenant Steve McBride.

Tom Kennedy steals most of the movie by playing a former Navy wrester turned policeman. In reality Tom was a boxer and he carries off his match as Harry the Horse with Bone Crusher (played by Tiny Roebuck in his final on-screen performance) with good comedic style. If you have ever wondered what the protagonists in a wrestling match say to each other while they are otherwise locked into their imposing holds, watch this movie.

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