Torchy Blane in Chinatown

Torchy Blane in Chinatown: Directed by William Beaudine. With Glenda Farrell, Barton MacLane, Tom Kennedy, Henry O’Neill. Torchy Blane has to solve a blackmail case.

I went in ready for some racist content, and while there’s a couple slightly problematic scenes with accents, there’s really nothing to complain about in terms of overt stupid racist content in “Torchy Blane In Chinatown”. That might be because she never really “goes” to Chinatown, it more or less comes to her in a series of threats to men, most of whom are dead by midnight. The movie opens with the most bombastic opening music of any of the other Torchy films, and goes on to have one of the least ‘Torchy’ adventure yet, with the reporter acting more as background for a McBride mystery. In fact, I think this is the first story with them in which McBride does all the proper police work, gets the right suspects, and is the hero at the end of the day.

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