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Torrid Zone (1940)

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Plagued by revolutionaries that harass his plantation in a banana republic, fruit company exec Steve Case rehires former nemesis Nick Butler to restore order and profits.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Nick Butler
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Lee Donley
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Steve Case
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Wally Davis
Helen Vinson ...
Gloria Anderson
Jerome Cowan ...
Bob Anderson
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Rosario
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Sancho
Victor Kilian ...
Carlos
Frank Puglia ...
Rodriguez
John Ridgely ...
Gardner
Grady Sutton ...
Sam
Paul Porcasi ...
Garcia
Frank Yaconelli ...
Lopez (as Frank Yaconnelli)
Dick Botiller ...
Hernandez (as Dick Boteler)
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Banana Company executive Steve Case on a Caribean plantation group tries to convince his former co-worker Nick Butler to take over the plantation No 7. But he is on his way to Chicago, to take over a job as a manager for another company himself. He has also troubles with US night-club singer Lee Donley, whom he wants aboard a ship back to the US, and rebel Rosario. He is able to get Nick to the plantation, but is he able to keep him there or will he leave it in a few days with Gloria, the wife of the former exectutive of No 7, Mr. Anderson ? Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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25 May 1940 (USA)  »

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Zona Tórrida  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When Frank Puglia says, "I don't believe in a third term," he was referring to the then speculative run of Franklin D. Roosevelt for an unprecedented third term as U. S. President in 1940. See more »

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In the gunfight scene between Butler's group and Rosario's group, Rosario shoots Butler and Butler appears to be grabbing his right arm as he goes down. In the next shot, he is now tending to his wound on his left arm. Later in the scene, after they catch Rosario, Rosario bumps Butler's hat as he walks by. See more »

Quotes

Wally Davis: A house doesn't have to fall on me.
Nick Butler: It might help.
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Referenced in The Timid Toreador (1940) See more »

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I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles
(1919) (uncredited)
Music by Nat Vincent, James Kendis and James Brockman
Lyrics by John W. Kellette
Played on harmonica by Andy Devine three times
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Sheridan shines with some tart dialog...
18 September 2006 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Life at a banana plantation must have its compensations, judging from the way things turn out in this fast-moving, wise-cracking comedy directed stylishly by William Keighley. PAT O'BRIEN is the hard-nosed manager of a plantation who needs his former overseer's help in keeping some criminal elements from causing too much trouble. So JAMES CAGNEY comes back to help him--but trouble brews when he and O'Brien quarrel over red-headed ANN SHERIDAN, who just about walks off with the film's best lines.

It's strictly a Warner comedy-melodrama with stock players turning up in some good supporting roles, particularly GEORGE TOBIAS, ANDY DEVINE, JEROME COWAN and, in a small role, GEORGE (Superman) REEVES.

The real surprise of the film is ANN SHERIDAN, handling herself in every situation as a gal to be reckoned with. It's fun all the way.


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