TORCHY BLANE

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Isn’t Torchy Blane,ace reporter, a brassy,fast talking blonde, brought to life by Glenda Farrell in a series of Warner Brother B’s in the late 30s?

I got a surprise when I recently saw TORCHY BLANE IN PANAMA . Torchy is still looking for a scoop, but now she’s a brunette and looks like Lola Lane.

And instead of Barton MacLane as Torchy’s  policeman boyfriend Steve, it’s Paul Kelly.

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The popular Torchy Blane franchise ran between 1937 and 1939. In 1938 , the Warner Brothers’ contracts of Farrell and MacLane   were up . Glenda was beginning to think about going back to the stage. Warners decided to try another duo ( probably cheaper  too) .But the confused public didn’t like it, and Warners got Glenda and Barton back for two more titles in the series. ( Seven in total for this twosome.)

 

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Glenda Farrell, Barton MacLane

 

Never liking to give up on a good format, Warners made a final Torchy Blane film with Jane Wyman and Allen Jenkins. Haven’t seen this one.

 

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Jane Wyman,Allen Jenkins

 

I’ve only  seen Lola Lane in a few films, usually dramas. I thought she did fine in the Panama story.

Paul Kelly had little to do. It’s a fast moving 59 minutes set on board an ocean liner as Torchy and Steve follow the trail of a bank robber.

 

 

8 responses »

  1. I got these films in the Warner Archive DVD set but have been waiting to start until I finish a couple other series! Like the casts — thanks for the fun preview!

    Best wishes,
    Laura

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