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Torrid Zone (1940)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 25 May 1940 (USA)
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
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Gloria Anderson
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Bob Anderson
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Rosario
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Sancho
Victor Kilian ...
Carlos
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Rodriguez
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Gardner
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Sam
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Garcia
Frank Yaconelli ...
Lopez (as Frank Yaconnelli)
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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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Zona Tórrida  »

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Trivia

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 8, 1940 with James Cagney and George Tobias reprising their film roles. See more »

Goofs

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

Gloria Anderson: But, Nick, aren't you going to Chicago?
Nick Butler: Sure.
Gloria Anderson: [realizing he is going with Lee, not her] Oh, I get it!
[looking at Lee]
Gloria Anderson: You finally stepped down to your own level!
Lee Donley: That's still about three floors above yours!
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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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The final Cagney/O' Brien film and a good one.
26 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

"Torrid Zone" was the final film with real life friends, James Cagney and Pat O' Brien. They made several memorable films together for the studio, "Angels With Dirty Faces" being the best. The above is a light-hearted and amusing film about the various struggles on a Mexican plantation. The script is fairly standard but the cast really a lot to the screenplay by giving good performances and demonstrating a flair for light comedy. Ann Sheridan is a very good leading lady for James Cagney. She plays a card shark and nightclub singer who is on the run. They and O' Brien play off each other to amusing effect. The gunfight scenes add a bit to the proceedings as well.

Released in 1940, "Torrid Zone" probably did respectable business at the box office.


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