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Torchy Blane...Playing with Dynamite

Torchy Blane...Playing with Dynamite(1939)


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Reporter Torchy Blane is covering a bank robbery, one of a series committed by Denver Eddie. Returning to the newspaper, Torchy is stopped by a policeman for speeding and because she does not have her driver's license with her, he takes her to court where she is present for the sentencing of "Jackie" McGuire, a woman accused of shoplifting. After Torchy's fiancé, Lt. Steve McBride, identifies her, Torchy is released. Almost immediately, however, she begs Steve to put her back in jail, having realized that Jackie is gangster Denver Eddie's girlfriend. Her plan is to make friends with Jackie and use her to get a lead on Eddie. Torchy has no luck with her plan until she helps subdue another prisoner who tries to stab Jackie. In gratitude, Jackie suggests that she and Torchy escape from jail. Steve agrees to cooperate with Torchy's plan when she explains that the reward money for Eddie's capture will enable them to get married. After they escape, Torchy and Jackie, followed by Steve and his assistant Gahagan, head for San Francisco. Intending to keep the reward for himself, Steve does not notify the local police of Eddie's expected arrival, but his actions are so suspicious that the police think he and Gahagan are criminals. Simmons, a San Francisco policeman, follows them, but Steve succeeds in convincing him that Gahagan is a wrestler and he is his manager. Meanwhile, Torchy has arranged to signal Steve when Eddie arrives by hanging her stockings on the fire escape. Gahagan sees Jackie hang her stockings out to dry and they burst into the women's room only to find that Eddie is not there yet. Torchy then quickly makes up a story to explain their presence. During the afternoon, Simmons has set up a match between Gahagan and another wrestler. When Eddie and his men arrive, Bugsy recognizes Steve as a policeman, but pretends that he thinks Steve is another criminal. Not knowing that they recognize him, Steve invites Eddie to join him in robbing the wrestling stadium. Eddie goes along with the plan, arranging for his men to kidnap Steve on the way there. At the arena, another reporter recognizes Torchy and reveals her identity. After getting rid of Eddie's men, Steve rushes to the arena where Gahagan gets thrown out of the ring just in time to land on Eddie who is trying to run out with Torchy. Steve and Gahagan are credited with the arrest and Steve and Torchy now have the money to marry.