The Adventurous Blonde

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In their third crime-solving adventure, smart-aleck newspaper woman Torchy Blane (Glenda Farrell) and slightly dense homicide dick Steve McBride (Barton MacLane) are about to get hitched when Torchy's reporter friends pull a practical joke on them. As a wedding present, the harebrained newsboys hire a stage actor, Harvey Hammond (Leland Hodgson), to simulate a murder victim. But when Torchy and Steve arrive at the scene of the supposed crime, Hammond has been killed for real. Suspects, of course, abound, including Hammond's fellow thespians Hugo Brand (Anderson Lawlor) and Grace Brown (Anne Nagel), whose romance the actor had tried to destroy. Even more suspicious to Torchy are Hammond's long-suffering wife (Virginia Brissac), and his socialite mistress (a surprisingly brunette Natalie Moorhead). With little help from Steve and his even dumber sergeant, Gahagan (Tom Kennedy), Torchy sets a trap for the killer. Produced by Warner Bros.'s busy B-unit, The Adventurous Blonde was acted at breakneck speed by a justly famous stock company, who, as always, nearly managed to make a hackneyed plot seem fresh and new. Torchy herself was ostensibly based on reporter Dorothy Kilgallen and had begun her crime-solving career in Smart Blonde (1937). Eight more Torchy films were made, but Farrell and MacLane were replaced by Lola Lane and Paul Kelly in Torchy in Panama (1938), the seventh entry, and by Jane Wyman and Allen Jenkins in the final, Torchy Plays With Dynamite (1939). By then, then series had more than run its course. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi


Glenda Farrell
as Torchy Blane
Barton MacLane
as Lt. Steve 'Stevie' MacBride
Anne Nagel
as Grace Brown
Tom Kennedy
as Detective Gahagan
Natalie Moorhead
as Theresa Gray
Anderson Lawler
as Hugo Brand
Charles C. Wilson
as Mortimer Gray
Virginia Brissac
as Mrs. Hammond
Leyland Hodgson
as Harvey Hammond
Frank Shannon
as Capt. McTavish
Jimmy Conlin
as Dr. Bolger
Granville Owen
as Dr. Nolly
George Guhl
as Sergeant
Al Herman
as Herman
Carole Landis
as Bit Part (uncredited)
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