Stars: 4 / 5
Recommendation: Fast-talking smart sleuth teams up with her amiable lieutenant boyfriend, does everything she can for a scoop; and comes out smarter than others in the plot. The short film does pack a punch in comedy, drama and mystery.
Smart Blonde is a 1937 American mystery film, the first of the nine films in the Torchy Blane series by Warner Bros. Pictures Inc. Glenda Farrell starred as Torchy Blane in the series. This film was directed by Frank McDonald, produced by Jack L. Warner and Hal B. Wallis. Screenplay provided by Kenneth Gamet and Don Ryan.
The film is based on the 1938 short story No Hard Feelings by Frederick Nebel published in the Black Mask magazine in February of 1938. In the original series the detective duo are two men - McBride and Kennedy. Kennedy, a drunken reporter was changed to fast-talking and smart female, Torchy Blane. She becomes a female reporter who teams up with her boyfriend Steve McBride in solving mysteries and crimes.
In this film, Torchy and her boyfriend Steve are embroiled in the mystery of the killing of an investor, Tiny Torgenson (portrayed by Joseph Crehan). And Torchy becomes a witness to Tiny's murder. She teams up with her boyfriend Steve (portrayed by Barton MacLane) in solving the case. Several suspects turn up at every turn of the reel for Torchy and Steve making their life difficult to weed through them.( Collapse )