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Torrid Zone (1940)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 25 May 1940 (USA)
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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:
Lee Donley
Steve Case
Wally Davis
Gloria Anderson
Bob Anderson
Victor Kilian ...
John Ridgely ...
Frank Yaconelli ...
Lopez (as Frank Yaconnelli)
Hernandez (as Dick Boteler)


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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Release Date:

25 May 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Zona Tórrida  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


George Reeves, Victor Varconi, Joseph Calleia, Alan Hale and George Tobias all tested for the role of Rosario, with the part going to Tobias. See more »


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 »


Lee Donley: [as Gloria enters] Here comes Malicious.
Nick Butler: Can that talk!
Lee Donley: Well, some days a girl can't make a cent!
Gloria Anderson: I don't imagine you have any trouble.
Lee Donley: Why do you malk around making noises like a lady? All a guy has to do is wink and he hits the jackpot.
[Gloria turns around and leaves]
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Mi Caballero
Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Sung by Ann Sheridan (uncredited) in the hotel bar
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A truly genuine classic comedy from Hollywood's golden age
30 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I think this is one of the funniest comedies ever made. This film should be considered a masterpiece. James Cagney, Ann Sheridan, Pat O'Brien, Helen Vinson, Jerome Cowan, Andy Devine, George Tobias and George Reeves star in this fast-paced action comedy. The dialog is very very fast and so funny. Why this film isn't on DVD is a crying shame. The real star of the movie is the legendary movie star and sex goddess Ann Sheridan. She steals every scene she is in. Its not easy to steal a film from James Cagney, but Ann Sheridan does in this one. I remember when the American Film Institute picked the 100 funniest films of all time, this was missing, but it was in their top 500 for the voting category. It should have been in the top 100 as far as I am concerned. If you never saw the film, please look for it on Turner Classic Movies they play it often. Why they don't release this movie as part of an Ann Sheridan box set is beyond me, she is an incredible actress and even a better comedienne. I won't give anything away. Just sit back and enjoy a bunch of pros do it for you.

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