Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Number seven in Warner Bros.' "Torchy Blaine" series was Torchy Blaine in Chinatown, with Glenda Farrell and Barton MacLane returning as fast-talking gal reporter Torchy and her ever-lovin' police lieutenant boyfriend Steve McBride. Actually, there's very little of Chinatown in the storyline, which deals with trio of (apparently) Chinese jade smugglers/extortionists. Torchy suspects that two recent murders were phonies, and sets about to prove it, thereby stumbling upon the smugglers (who turn out to be Caucasians) and nearly getting herself murdered for real. As usual, Steve McBride is around to rescue our heroine when the going gets tough, with dumb sergeant Gahagan (Tom Kennedy) offering no help whatsoever. Torchy Blane in Chinatown was a remake of the obscure 1930 mystery Murder Will Out, which starred Jack Mulhall and Lila Lee.
investigation, journalism, murder, reporter, smuggling, killing