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During the pre-war period, the job of newspaper reporter was one of the few movie role models that portrayed intelligent, career-oriented women. Of these role models, Torchy Blane was perhaps the best known. The typical plot has the resilient, very-fast-talking Torchy solving the crime before her less-than-perceptive beau, the loud mouthed police detective Steve McBride.
Torchy was loosely based on the male character Kennedy in the MacBride and Kennedy stories by Louis Frederick Nebel, although Torchy was more compatible with the Hays code than the drunkard Kennedy.
Lola Lane played Torchy in Torchy Blane in Panama with Paul Kelly as McBride. Torchy Blane was Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel's inspiration for the personality of the character of Lois Lane. Siegel based Lois Lane's name on Torchy actress Lola Lane.
|Released||Film title||Run time||Starring as|
|Torchy Blane||Steve McBride|
|1937||Smart Blonde||59 min||Glenda Farrell||Barton MacLane|
|Fly-Away Baby||60 min|
|The Adventurous Blonde||61 min|
|1938||Blondes At Work||63 min|
|Torchy Blane in Panama||59 min||Lola Lane||Paul Kelly|
|Torchy Gets Her Man||63 min||Glenda Farrell||Barton MacLane|
|1939||Torchy Blane in Chinatown||58 min|
|Torchy Runs for Mayor||60 min|
|Torchy Blane ... Playing with Dynamite||59 min||Jane Wyman||Allen Jenkins|
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