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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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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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Storyline

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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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

James Cagney's (Nick) last line to Ann Sheridan (Lee) "You and your 14 carat oomph" was a subtle nod to Warner Brothers billing Ann Sheridan as "the oomph girl" beginning in the late 1930s. Although it was an arguably accurate nickname, Ann Sheridan did not care for the label. See more »

Goofs

Helen Vinson quotes a travel brochure for the area that describes a Caribbean moon. The Caribbean sea and the Caribbean Islands include Cuba, Haiti, etc.. And they are on the southeastern side of the Gulf of Mexico. While most of the banana's are grown in Central America. In what were called the "banana republic's", and included what is now Guatemala, Costa Rica, Honduras, etc.. So she would be seeing any Caribbean moonlight in the that banana plantation. See more »

Quotes

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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Referenced in The Timid Toreador (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

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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snappy
6 October 1998 | by (elizabeth, new jersey) – See all my reviews

Good movie - love the way Ann Sheridan goes head to head toe to toe with Cagney in some very snappy dialogue.


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